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Oscars 2021 may be postponed because of Covid-19

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for February 28, 2021. (Photo from Xinhua News Agency)

The 2021 Oscar ceremony, may be postponed due to the COVID-19, U.S. media reported.

According to the industry publication Variety, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony initially scheduled for February 28, 2021.

The definitive plan is far from concrete, and the details, including the potential new date, have not been fully discussed or formally proposed.

On April 28, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a change in Oscar eligibility rules. A few weeks later, the report was released.

According to the rule change applies only to the 93rd Academy Awards, due to the pandemic, movies are no longer required to theatrical run in Los Angeles County for seven days to qualify for the Academy Awards. Before U.S. theaters reopen, this relaxed rule will give some movies that are only released on Netflix or other streaming media platforms an opportunity to collect a gold statue.

Academy President David Rubin told Variety last month that was too early to know what will happen to Oscar telecast in 2021 after the pandemic.

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