Oscars Postponed to April 2021

By: Amanda Guarragi 

Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Entertainment Industry has been in constant motion and have been changing dates, for majority of the films slated for 2020. Earlier today, the Television Academy announced, that the ‘Creative Arts Emmys’ will go virtual, the annual Governor’s Balls that follow those shows and the Primetime Emmys will be canceled for the first time in history. Since the Emmys and the Oscars telecasts are both on ABC, negotiations had to be made for the Academy Awards as well.

The Academy tweeted out an information card with the changed date for the Oscars telecast, as well as a change in the eligibility dates for films that could meet the standard guidelines.

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courtesy of @TheAcademy on Twitter


First on the list of ‘Key 93rd Oscars Dates’ is the Awards Eligibility. So from January 1st, 2020 – February 28th, 2021 films released during that period, will have a fair opportunity to possibly get a nomination. Seems fair right? Well, extending the eligibility date, means that the films that came out earlier this year such as, The Invisible Man, Emma, The Way Back, The High Note, Capone and Da 5 Bloods will have a more difficult time campaigning because of their release date. The cut off is around November 20th, so films that are released past that date, would normally, never make the cut. So The Academy, is tacking on 3 extra months of content in that time frame.

Second on the list is the Shortlist Announcement on February 9th, 2021. This means that there will be a very long list of possible nominees, that will be condensed in to each category, eventually becoming official nominees. This also means that the campaigning will be very different for the rest of the year. Films that came out earlier this year, should not be forgotten and the hype for each of those films, needs to be mentioned, time and time again, closer to that date. The films that I listed above, by the time next year comes, will definitely be considered a long shot because now all the postponed films have been crammed into those months.

Third on the list is the Nominations Announcement on March 15th, 2021. Every year, the Oscar Nominations day is filled with plenty of snubs and actors nominated in the wrong category. It is always a messy day because films that should have been recognized, usually don’t make the cut and they are almost always, independent films (Honey Boy and Uncut Gems)  that fly under the radar. This day is going to be much different than previous years because of the extension and the bias towards films that were released on streaming platforms or VOD.

Fourth on the list is the Oscar Sunday telecast, now being held on April 25th, 2021. This is a massive jump from the regular February/March timeslot. It is so deep in the year, that it may cause issues for other award ceremonies that come before it. What does this mean for the Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globe Awards and the SAG Awards? How do they fit into the calendar that well all know so well? The BAFTAs have already changed their date to April 11th, 2021 but the rest of the pre-Oscars telecasts have not released a statement.

Lastly, the long awaited Academy Museum will officially open on April 30th, 2021. When it opens, the Museum will be the premier institution dedicated to the arts and science of movies. The Academy Museum will offer exhibitions and programs highlighting the world of cinema. They will also present year round calendar of screenings, film series, members programs, panel discussions and family programs. Programs will include retrospectives and thematic series that present the artistic and cultural contributions from filmmakers all over the world.

Many of us have already made a shortlist of the best films that could possibly be nominated, for Oscars in 2021. There are definitely more films to add but in this article How The 2021 Oscars Will Look, If It Doesn’t Get Postponed, I go into detail and breakdown the possible nominations list for the films that are eligible. There are plenty more films to watch, so it is time to start writing down the list of possible Oscar contenders because it is going to be a very long season.

2020 BAFTAs: List of Winners

Earlier today, London was filled with A listers, attending the 73rd Annual EE British Academy Film Awards. The wonderful Graham Norton hosted the telecast, 1917 won BIG, the Contribution to Cinema award was received by the talented Andy Serkis and of course, there were some surprises. The BAFTAs are the last award show before Hollywood’s biggest night, so make sure you tune into ABC next Sunday, February 9th at 8pm!
Here are the list of winners…
Best Film
MY PICK: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood  
WINNER: 1917 

Outstanding British Film
“For Sama”
“Sorry We Missed You”
MY PICK: 1917
WINNER: 1917 

Best Director
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
MY PICK: Sam Mendes, 1917 
WINNER: Sam Mendes, 1917 

Leading Actress
Jessie Buckley (“Wild Rose”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)
MY PICK: Renée Zellweger, Judy 
WINNER: Renée Zellweger, Judy 

Leading Actor
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)
MY PICK: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 

Supporting Actor
Anthony Hopkins(“The Two Popes”)
MY PICK: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 

Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)
Margot Robbie(“Bombshell”)
MY PICK: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 
WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 

Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian(“The Irishman”)
Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Todd Phillips, Scott Silver (“Joker”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
MY PICK: Greta Gerwig, Little Women
WINNER: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit 


Original Screenplay
Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman (“Booksmart”)
Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)
Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
MY PICK: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite (“Bait”)
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”)
Alex Holmes (“Maiden”)
Harry Wootliff (“Only You”)
Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (“Retablo”)
MY PICK: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, For Sama 
WINNER: Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite, Bait 

Original Score
Thomas Newman (“1917”)
Michael Giacchino (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Hildur Guđnadóttir (“Joker”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
MY PICK: Hildur Guđnadóttir, Joker 
WINNER: Hildur Guđnadóttir, Joker 

Roger Deakins (“1917”)
Rodrigo Prieto (“The Irishman”)
Lawrence Sher (“Joker”)
Phedon Papamichael(“Le Mans ’66”)
Jarin Blaschke (“The Lighthouse”)
MY PICK: Roger Deakins, 1917
WINNER: Roger Deakins, 1917

EE Rising Star Award
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Jack Lowden
Micheal Ward
MY PICK: Kelvin Harrison Jr. 
WINNER: Micheal Ward 

Film Not In The English Language
Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia (“The Farewell”)
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”)
Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar (“Pain and Glory”)
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur (“Portrait of a Lady On Fire”)
MY PICK: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 
WINNER: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 

Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert (“American Factory”)
Todd Douglas Miller (“Apollo 11”)
Asif Kapadia (“Diego Maradona”)
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”)
Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim (“The Great Hack”)
MY PICK: Waad al-Kataeb, Edward Watts, For Sama 
WINNER: Waad al-Kataeb, Edward Watts, For Sama 

Animated Film
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen 2”)
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh (“Klaus”)
Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley (“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”)
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen (“Toy Story 4”)
MY PICK: Toy Story 4 
WINNER: Klaus 

Shayna Markowitz (“Joker”)
Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler (“Marriage Story”)
Sarah Crowe (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”)
MY PICK: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Joker 

Thelma Schoonmaker (“The Irishman”)
Jeff Groth (“Joker”)
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker (“Le Mans ’66”)
My Pick: Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman 
WINNER: Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker, Le Mans ’66 

Production Design
Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales (“1917”)
Bob Shaw, Regina Graves (“The Irishman”)
Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran (“Joker”)
MY PICK: Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales, 1917 

Costume Design
Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell(“The Irishman”)
Mayes C. Rubeo (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Jany Temime (“Judy”)
Jacqueline Durran (“Little Women”)
MY PICK: Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit 
WINNER: Jacqueline Durran, Little Women 

Makeup and Hair
Naomi Donne (“1917”)
Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan (“Bombshell”)
Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann (“Joker”)
Jeremy Woodhead (“Judy”)
Lizzie Yianni Georgiou (“Rocketman”)
MY PICK: Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Bombshell 
WINNER: Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Bombshell 

Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson (“1917”)
Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic (“Joker”)
David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester (“Le Mans ’66”)
Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan (“Rocketman”)
David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)
MY PICK: David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester, Le Mans ’66
WINNER: Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson, 1917

Special Visual Effects
Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy (“1917”)
Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick (“Avengers: Endgame”)
Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman(“The Irishman”)
Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez (“The Lion King”)
Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy  (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)
MY PICK: Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick, Avengers: Endgame 
WINNER: Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy, 1917

British Short Animation
Maryam Mohajer (“Grandad Was a Romantic”)
Kathrin Steinbacher (“In Her Boots”)
Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel (“The Magic Boat”)
MY PICK: Kathrin Steinbacher, In Her Boots 
WINNER: Maryam Mohajer, Grandad Was a Romantic 

British Short Film
Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring (“Azaar”)
Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill (“Goldfish”)
Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad (“Kamali”)
Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva (“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl”)
Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald (“The Trap”)
MY PICK: Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
WINNER: Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)