‘And the Biggest Hoax Award Goes To…’: Hollywood Delays 2022 Oscars over COVID Fear

‘We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and celebratory event…’

(Liberty Headlines) For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on the movie industry.

Los Angeles was among the many major cities to experience massive riots and demonstrations by Black Lives Matter activists in recent weeks. In typical showbiz fashion, some even capitalized on the non-socially-distant gathering of around 50,000 to do things like film a music video.

Although the protests continue to simmer, however, left-wing overreach on movements such as the “defund the police” initiative have turned public sentiment, causing many media outlets to attempt a pivot back to the prior coronavirus hysteria that kept the country preoccupied for nearly three months.

The Academy’s Board of Governors decided to extend the eligibility window beyond the calendar year to Feb. 28, 2021, for feature films, and delay the opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures from December until April 30, 2021.

Oscars nominations will be announced on March 15 and the nominees luncheon will be on April 15.

Organizers said that the intention was, in part, to allow more time for productions that were delayed by the original lockdowns to complete their shooting and production process.

With re-opening a gradual process, those hoping for a major theatrical release continue to face struggles from prohibitions on mass gatherings that have yet to be fully relaxed.

“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,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a joint statement.

However, others insisted that the delay was necessary because the health risk may still be a major factor eight months from now.

“We find ourselves in uncharted territory this year and will continue to work with our partners at the Academy to ensure next year’s show is a safe and celebratory event,” claimed Karey Burke, the president of ABC Entertainment.

'The Award for Fakest Pandemic Goes To...': Hollywood Delays Oscars to Revive COVID Panic

An Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. PHOTO: AP File

Still, many decisions need to be made. Academy leadership has not yet addressed the format of the show and whether it will be virtual or in-person. Further, the future eligibility of films for the 94th Oscars and that show date will be announced later.

The Oscars have been postponed before, but never this far in advance. The ceremony was pushed back a week because of disastrous flooding in Los Angeles in 1938.

In 1968, it was delayed two days following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

And in 1981, it was put off for 24 hours after President Ronald Reagan (a former president of the Screen Actor’s Guild) was shot in Washington D.C. The 1981 decision was made four hours before the broadcast was scheduled to begin.

The eligibility window was extended beyond 12 months once before—in advance of the 6th Academy Awards in 1934.

Other entertainment industry awards shows are also in flux. The 74th Tony Awards, originally set for June 7, has been postponed indefinitely. But the 72nd Emmy Awards is still holding onto Sept. 20. The 78th Golden Globes does not yet have a date.

Even as the country begins to “open up,” studios are still making decisions to delay releases. Just Friday, Warner Bros. announced that it was pushing back what was supposed to be the first major movie in theaters, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” by two weeks.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press