According to sources, there’s a strong chance next year’s Oscars Academy Awards will be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Anonymous sources told Variety that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering the situation and the Oscars, currently due to take place on 28 February 2021, will probably be postponed. However, no formal discussions are thought to have yet taken place.
“It’s likely they’ll be postponed,” one of the sources told Variety.
Some events have made the decision to go virtual rather than cancel or postpone in light of the COVID-19 crisis.
However, as the world’s most recognized awards ceremony, it’s likely Oscars organizers are keen not to dilute the glamour associated with the live show. Walking the red carpet ahead of the event would be impossible for stars, who would instead call in to collect their virtual awards online.
The rapid shutdown of film production and cinemas has thrown the Oscars schedule into chaos, with many films being released only online. In April, the Academy announced temporary changes in Oscar eligibility, allowing films that missed out on a cinema release to be considered for awards. Previously, films had to be screened in cinemas for a week before 31 December to be eligible. A postponement may mean the deadline for eligibility would also change.