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.

How The 2021 Oscars Will Look, If It Doesn’t Get Postponed

By: Amanda Guarragi 

Every year there are films lined up for Oscar season and some films that are sprinkled across the year, hoping to be standouts in order to be in the running. In 2020, the world has faced a global pandemic which has changed the way we live. It has also changed the way most industries operate. The Entertainment Industry has definitely felt this shift, due to the fact that movie theatres are now closed and it is unclear as to when they will reopen. Everything is up in the air and only a handful of films will be released this year, so the big question is… how are the Oscars going to work?

In a recent Variety article, Marc Malkin says that the Oscars may be postponed. The sources, who chose to remain anonymous, stated that “Definitive plans are far from being concrete at this juncture. The telecast is currently set for Feb. 28, 2021, on ABC.” The sources, who have been close to the subject, said that it will most likely be postponed. There could be potential new dates but they haven’t been fully discussed yet or properly mapped out. There were new (temporary) rule changes for Oscar eligibility released in April because of COVID -19.

“The board of governors approved a temporary hold on the requirement that a film needs a seven-day theatrical run in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County to qualify for the Oscars.” says Marc Malkin from Variety. As long as the film had a planned theatrical release, it is still eligible for an Oscar nomination. It doesn’t mean that any film premiering on a streaming service is eligible. With this shift in the moviegoing experience, it seems fitting to change the guidelines temporarily, so films that had a planned theatrical release and are currently going straight to VOD, can have the same chance in getting nominated.

If the Academy already changed the guidelines, because they sympathized with the filmmakers, who worked so hard in getting their film out there and making the conscious choice to STILL release it on VOD, why are they planning on postponing it? What was the point in changing the guidelines, if you’re about to change the game entirely? How does postponing the Oscars benefit any of the films/filmmakers?

These are the questions that I’m curious to know the answers to. There are films that have been (and will be) released this year that are eligible and “worthy” enough of an Oscar run, so why not give them an even chance? If they choose to postpone the Oscars, won’t there be double the films to choose from, in order to hand out that golden statue? Are the categories going to include 10 nominees, instead of 5, because there are more films to cover? It doesn’t seem like the best move.

These are the films that could possibly be nominated for Oscars for the 2021 season:

  • Emma 
    Best Actress: Anya Taylor Joy
    Best Cinematography: Christopher Blauvelt
    Best Director: Autumn de Wilde
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Eleanor Catton
    Best Original Score: Isobel Waller-Bridge & David Schweitzer

  • The Way Back 
    Best Actor: Ben Affleck
    Best Director: Gavin O’Connor
    Best Original Screenplay: Brad Ingelsby

  • The Invisible Man 
    Best Picture: Jason Blum & Kylie du Fresne
    Best Actress: Elisabeth Moss
    Best Director: Leigh Whannell
    Best Original Screenplay: Leigh Whannell
    Best Original Score: Benjamin Wallfisch
    Best Editing: Andy Canny

    Best Visual Effects:
    The Invisible Man 
    Wonder Woman 1984
    Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always 
    Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan
    Best Original Screenplay: Eliza Hittman
    Best Cinematography: Hélène Louvart
    Best Director: Eliza Hittman

    Best Animated Feature: 
    Sonic The Hedgehog
    Trolls World Tour

  • Tenet 
    Best Picture: Christopher Nolan & Emma Thomas
    Best Director: Christopher Nolan
    Best Actor: John David Washington
    Best Supporting Actor: Robert Pattinson
    Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan
    Best Original Score: Ludwig Göransson
    Best Editing: Jennifer Lame

  • The French Dispatch 
    Best Picture: Wes Anderson, Steven Rales & Jeremy Dawson
    Best Director: Wes Anderson
    Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson
    Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat
    Best Cinematography: Robert Yeoman

  • Capone 
    Best Director: Josh Trank
    Best Original Screenplay: Josh Trank
    Best Actor: Tom Hardy
    Best Supporting Actress: Linda Cardellini
    Best Cinematography: Peter Deming

  • Da 5 Bloods (Netflix)
    Best Picture: Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Beatriz Levin & Lloyd Levin
    Best Director: Spike Lee
    Best Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel
    Best Original Score: Terence Blanchard
    Best Editing: Adam Gough
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo, Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott

  • Mank (Netflix) 
    Best Picture: David Fincher, Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth and Douglas Urbanski
    Best Director: David Fincher
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Jack Fincher
    Best Actor: Gary Oldman
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried
    Best Original Score: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
    Best Cinematography Erik Messerschmidt
    Best Editing: Kirk Baxter

  • Dune
    Best Picture: Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Denis Villeneuve
    Best Director: Denis Villeneuve
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth & Denis Villeneuve
    Best Actor: Timothée Chalamet
    Best Supporting Actress: Rebecca Ferguson
    Best Supporting Actor: Oscar Isaac
    Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer
    Best Cinematography: Greig Fraser
    Best Editing: Joe Walker

This list that I have compiled is solely based on what I believe to be possible Oscar contenders. Majority of these films are highly anticipated and have been adamant in not moving their release date, due to COVID 19. This is all hypothetical and if the restrictions are still in place from September onwards, they need to make the decision to send it straight to VOD or postpone their film entirely. I personally think it’s not the right decision to postpone the Oscars because all of the films listed above should be given the fair chance to be nominated, based on the slate of their year. If the Academy combines the 2020 & 2021 slates, it will be too much for anyone to handle.

“It is still unclear if postponing the Oscars will also mean that the Academy will allow films released after the year-end deadline to qualify for the 2021 Oscars.” says Marc Malkin for Variety. It is a very difficult decision to make, but it is also very premature to even consider postponing, if we are only half way through the year. At the end of the day, you don’t make pictures for Oscars, as the wise director Martin Scorsese has said, but it’s sure great to get recognized for your work.

Oscar Nominations 2020

Early this morning Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations list for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The show will be televised on Sunday, February 9th and there won’t be a host for the second time this year.

Here are the nominees and of course, my early predictions.

Best Picture
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I am shocked that Jojo Rabbit and Ford v Ferrari pulled through, so congratulations to both teams. I really want Once Upon A Time in Hollywood to win Best Picture because Tarantino is due for a win.

Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt,“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Brad Pitt, done and done. Still upset that Shia LaBeouf didn’t make it for Honey Boy. 

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Truly can’t believe that Scarlett Johansson has a double nomination this year. Her role in Jojo Rabbit was much better than her role in Marriage Story. However, Laura Dern is a lock for Marriage Story. Very happy that Florence Pugh got nominated over Jennifer Lopez.

Best Costume Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I really want to see Jojo Rabbit win, even though Little Women had great costumes. Jojo Rabbit was really unique and I think it has a solid chance here.

Best Original Score
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Hildur. Joker. Period.

Best Animated Short Film
“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: There is so much love for Hair Love and the short is so lovely! I really hope it wins!

Best Live-Action Short Film
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbors’ Window”
“A Sister”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best Sound Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I would like to see Ford v Ferrari take this because it was well done but war movies tend to take this one so it’ll probably be 1917. 

Best Sound Mixing
“Ad Astra”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: So happy to see Ad Astra here, I thought the Sound Mixing was great in that film but as I stated above, they go hand in hand and it will most likely go to 1917. 

Best Film Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: THELMA SCHOONMAKER. THE IRISHMAN. Parasite was also great and I’m happy to see Ford v Ferrari there.

Best Actor
Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio,“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Antonio Banderas took Taron Egerton’s spot and Jonathan Pryce took Robert De Niro’s spot BUT none of it matters because our clown prince, Joaquin Phoenix has it on lock for Joker. 

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson,“Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Cynthia Erivo’s nomination is a token so people don’t get mad or else Lupita Nyong’o should have taken Scarlett Johansson’s spot for her performance in Us. Also doesn’t matter because Renee Zellweger is a lock for Judy.

Best Animated Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Extremely happy to see that Klaus got nominated! It’s on Netflix and the animation is quite different. However, I can see Missing Link stealing this. It’s also nice to see that there’s only ONE Disney property on the list.

Best Cinematography
“The Irishman”
“The Lighthouse”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I’m very happy that The Lighthouse got nominated for this category! I know for a fact Roger Deakins is going to win again for 1917 but I don’t mind that win.

Best Director
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Martin Scorsese,“The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: No women…. again. I want Tarantino to win but he’s going to win Original Screenplay and that’s good enough for the Academy apparently. If Bong Joon Ho wins, it would be amazing but it’s definitely going to Sam Mendes for 1917. 

Best Documentary Feature
“American Factory”
“The Cave”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“For Sama”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best Documentary Short
“In the Absence”
“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”
“Life Overtakes Me”
“St. Louis Superman”
“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best International Feature
“Corpus Christi”
“Les Miserables”
“Pain and Glory”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Pain & Glory and Portrait of a Lady on Fire both got snubbed BUT it doesn’t matter because Parasite is on lock.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I truly think Bombshell is going to win this.

Best Original Song
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,”
“Toy Story 4
“Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Stand Up” from “Harriet”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman is definitely going to take this. I won’t have any other winner.

Best Production Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Parasite deserves this nomination but I think Jojo Rabbit might take it.

Best Visual Effects
“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Irishman”
“The Lion King”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: No Ad Astra or Alita: Battle Angel BUT The Lion King gets nominated…. Endgame’s VFX was not that great but I know it’s going to win.

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Little Women”
“The Two Popes”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Do I want Steven Zaillian to win for The Irishman? Yes. Does Greta Gerwig deserve it for Little Women? Also yes. So I hope she wins, since she got snubbed for Best Director.

Best Original Screenplay
“Knives Out”
“Marriage Story”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: SO HAPPY FOR RIAN JOHNSON!! Tarantino has this win in the bag for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. However, it would be a nice surprise if Bong Joon Ho won for Parasite.


  • No Shia LaBeouf for Original Screenplay for Honey Boy 
  • No Adam Sandler nom for Best Actor for Uncut Gems
  • Alma Har’el not getting a nom for Best Director for Honey Boy 
  • Greta Gerwig not getting a nom for Best Director for Little Women 
  • The Farewell got shut out
  • No Awkwafina nom for Best Actress for The Farewell 
  • No Taron Egerton or Robert De Niro for Best Actor for Rocketman or The Irishman
  • No Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress for Hustlers 
  • No Rocketman or Dolemite Is My Name for Costume Design
  • No Frozen 2 for Best Animated Feature
  • No Lupita Nyong’o nom for Best Actress for Us