The nominees will be announced on March 15 and the final votes, by members of the academy, will take place until April 20, five days before the ceremony initially scheduled for February 28, according to the official calendar released today.
Members of the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts met to discuss the date of the 93rd film awards ceremony, usually in late February.
The term of eligibility of films for the Oscars, in terms of the premiere in North American theaters, also changed, now extending to February 28, 2021, going beyond the usual limit of December 31.
The changes are due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the film industry, not only North American but also global, which led to the closing of movie theaters, the suspension of premieres of new films, and the postponement of cinematographic productions.
The submission of nominee films for animation and documentary nominations, in short, and feature films and best international film, started to have a deadline of December 1, 2020. As for other categories, submissions must be submitted to the academy by the end of the year. January 15th.
The opening of the Academy Museum, announced for December 14 this year, was also scheduled for April 30, 2021.