Thanks to COVID-19 the 2021 award season is going to be a little different. That's starting with the dates!!
The latest to make the announcement was The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC. On Monday, they said that the new date for the 2021 Golden Globes is now February 28th. The good news is that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are still set to host. The event usually takes place in January and is considered the start of award season.
If that new date rings a bell, you are right. February 28th was the old date for the Academy Awards. You may need to tweak your calendar because that is now taking place on April 25th, 2021.
Some additional changes for the Academy Awards include an extended eligibility period. In order for a film to qualify, the release date has to fall between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021.
In a statement, The Academy president and CEO said, "For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone's control."
Moreover, next year, the Oscars will allow movies made available on streaming services or on-demand eligible for the best picture award because of the coronavirus pandemic. Also, sound editing and sound mixing will be made into one category.
I guess COVID-19 has been a year of change in every industry.
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