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Unprecedented Times for Oscar

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By Valerie Milano

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/20/20 – The 93rd annual Academy Awards may not happen as planned due to the unpredictable nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Variety reports that the Academy is considering postponing the annual movie awards ceremony which is currently set to air on February 28, 2021 on ABC. These are unprecedented times indeed.

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This risky move could both widen the field of eligible movies and hurt the chances of current Best Picture candidates, Sonic the Hedgehog and Trolls: World Tour. Not to mention, this will also crush the hearts of movie buffs nationwide.

“It’s likely they’ll be postponed,” an anonymous person shared about the Oscars’ tentative air date. According to Variety, the informant cautioned that the details, including potential new dates, have not been fully discussed or formally proposed. Yet another source says the scheduled date currently remains unaffected at ABC.

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“The Academy firmly believes there is no greater way to experience the magic of movies than to see them in a theater,” Academy president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement announcing the temporary rule change in April. “Our commitment to that is unchanged and unwavering. Nonetheless, the historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception to our awards eligibility rules. The Academy supports our members and colleagues during this time of uncertainty. We recognize the importance of their work being seen and also celebrated, especially now, when audiences appreciate movies more than ever.”

The movie industry has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. With theaters closed or implementing limited seating, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a temporary rule allowing films that did not air in a movie theater to be eligible for awards. Previously, it was required that a film must have been given a seven-day theatrical release in Los Angeles County to qualify for an Academy Award.

Many films have pushed their release dates to late 2020 or 2021 so it’s not far-fetched for the Academy to postpone to less stressful time for the planet. In addition to the possibility that social distancing measures are still in place by winter, this could give the industry and voters more time to see the movies that have been delayed.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.