The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has not just affected short-term future plans and projects but has also resulted in other large changes. On Tuesday morning the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences announced that the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony is getting postponed to April 25th, 2021. The Oscar board of 54 members which includes Steven Spielberg, Laura Dern, and Whoopi Goldberg have made the decision to reduce the risk of Coronavirus as much as possible. In the zoom digital meeting, the board decided that COVID-19 in the fall and winter posed too great a risk to mount such a large-scale public event in February.
Academy President David Rubin and Chief Executive Dawn Hudson in a joint statement 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."
“This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema, " they added.
Earlier in April Dawn Hudson had revealed saying, "We’re having ongoing discussions about all of this because we don’t have a crystal ball right now. We want to make the right decisions with as much information as we can — or I should say the right guesses. That’s really all we can do right now.”