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History Repeats Itself: Oscars Delayed For The Fourth Time

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an eight-week delay in the most prestigious award ceremony 93rd Academy Awards.

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Kritika Sodhi
Kritika Sodhi
Covering controversial topics and giving voice to silent thoughts, studying in University of Leeds, UK

The most prestigious award ceremony Oscar’s delayed amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic affecting the Hollywood industry.

The fear of pandemic doesn’t seem to come to an end but everyone needs to learn to live with it. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an eight-week delay in the most prestigious award ceremony 93rd Academy Awards. The new date of the big night is supposed to be 25 April 2021.

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

History repeated itself, the last time Oscars were postponed was way back in 1981. The ceremony observed a 24-hour delay because of an attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagen.

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Moreover, the eligibility date for the consideration of the best picture has been extended from February 28, 2020, to December 31, 2020, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic. The date has been further shifted to provide justice to the filmmakers who could not release their films due to the ongoing pandemic situation. Yet there are many unanswered questions regarding the big night. Sources have not yet confirmed whether the mass audience would be allowed. It is still uncertain will it be a live event involving red carpet or not.

All the theatres and cinema halls are shut due to follow social distancing. Owing to which the end of the year is tentatively packed with movie releases. The pandemic has come like a jolt on the award ceremonies. Many films to be released by end of the year stand incomplete.

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