Due to delays prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, and likewise a transparent unwillingness to honor Sonic the Hedgehog with Best Picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced on Monday a delay of the 2021 Academy Awards. Originally scheduled for February, the ceremony will now happen on April 25, 2021. In addition, the academy will broaden the eligibility window to incorporate films launched between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021.
“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,” mentioned Academy president David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a press release. “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.”
The announcement arrives on the heels of a continuously shifting launch schedule and an business slowly resuming regular manufacturing practices. Late on Friday, Warner Bros.’ launch calendar underwent a seismic shift, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet shifting to late in July and August’s Wonder Woman 1984 bumped to a fall launch. Other films could observe as COVID-19 instances continue to trend upward in reopened areas. Meanwhile, film theaters wrestle to discover a manner maintain operations through the catastrophic downtime, leaving your entire enterprise in query. But let’s be clear: Sonic the Hedgehog got here out.
The shift within the Oscars schedule is predicted to supply runway for the autumn and winter’s typical slate of status footage that the academy usually honors over films like Sonic the Hedgehog. In April, AMPAS additionally modified the 2021 guidelines to permit for VOD movies to compete with out a theatrical launch. According to the assertion, the intent going ahead is to finally reinstate eligibility guidelines and home windows, and return to “awarding excellence for films released in the January-December calendar year.”
Whether Sonic the Hedgehog might be rightfully thought of alongside the eligible competitors is unclear, however one factor that’s true is that there’s a Mortal Kombat reboot film scheduled for January 2021 — and now that’s additionally up for Best Picture.