Here's everything we know about the 2021 Oscars.
We are now 100 days away from the 2021 Oscars!
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2021, pushed back last summer by The Academy and ABC as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021.
This will be the latest the Oscars have been handed out since 1932 (at the 5th Academy Awards), when the ceremony took place in November that year (back when the Oscars didn't honor films from a specific year). The Oscars was last regularly held in April in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.
Nominations are set to be announced Monday, March 15, 2021.
Here's everything we know about the 2021 Oscars.
Because of the pandemic, The Academy announced in June 2020 that it would be extended the eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration beyond the standard December 31 deadline: a feature film must now have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
The submission deadline for consideration for specialty categories (Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film) was December 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including Best Picture, Original Score and Original Song, is January 15, 2021.
Preliminary voting begins: Monday, February 1, 2021
Preliminary voting ends: Friday, February 5, 2021
Oscar Shortlists Announcement: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Nominations voting begins: Friday, March 5, 2021
Nominations voting ends: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Oscar Nominations Announcement: Monday, March 15, 2021
Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Thursday April 15, 2021
Finals voting begins: Thursday April 15, 2021
Finals voting ends: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Oscars Ceremony: Sunday, April 25, 2021
While we don't know exactly what the Oscars telecast will look like or how it will work as the pandemic continues to spread (in-person, virtual, or a hybrid between the two), we do know who will be holding the reins.
Emmy-nominated producer Jesse Collins, Oscar-nominated producer Stacey Sher and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will produce the 93rd Oscars. Academy President David Rubin made the announcement on December 8, 2020.
“The upcoming Oscars is the perfect occasion for innovation and for re-envisioning the possibilities for the awards show. This is a dream team who will respond directly to these times,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in statement. “The Academy is excited to work with them to deliver an event that reflects the worldwide love of movies and how they connect us and entertain us when we need them the most.”
“We're thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Because of the extraordinary situation we're all in, there’s an opportunity to focus on the movies and the people who make them in a new way, and we hope to create a show that really FEELS like the movies we all love,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh.
Jesse Collins has produced numerous awards shows and events including the Grammy Awards and BET Awards and such television series and specials as “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero.” He earned an Emmy nomination for the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019. Collins also has been tapped to co-executive produce the upcoming Grammy Awards and executive produce the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, both in early 2021.
Stacey Sher earned Best Picture Oscar nominations for “Django Unchained” (2012) and “Erin Brockovich” (2000). Her television credits include “Mrs. America,” which earned 10 Emmy nominations, “Reno 911!,” “Into the Badlands” and “Sweet/Vicious.” She also served as an executive producer on the Oscar-winning documentary short subject “Period. End of Sentence.” (2018). Sher is currently a producer on the Aretha Franklin biographical film “Respect,” starring Jennifer Hudson, set for release in August of 2021.
Steven Soderbergh won a Directing Oscar for “Traffic” in 2000 and earned a nomination for directing “Erin Brockovich” that same year. He also earned a writing nomination for “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989), his feature film directorial debut. He has directed more than 30 films in a three-decade career, including “Magic Mike,” “Contagion,” the “Ocean’s” trilogy, “Out of Sight” and, most recently, “Let Them All Talk,” premiering this month.
Will there be a host?
One of the first decisions facing the Oscars producing trio is whether or not the ceremony should have a host. The Oscars ceremony hasn't had a host — or frankly needed one — since 2018.
Would this potentially virtual or hybrid ceremony require a Master of Ceremonies to lead us through the show?
Jimmy Kimmel, a two-time Oscars host, opened an audience-less 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards last September pretending there was an audience. He helped keep the ceremony moving, having fun interactions with the presenters and sanitizing everything.
He would be a comfortable choice for the show, if the producers decide a host is needed at all.
In recent years, there were 24 categories presented on Oscar Sunday. This year, there will be 23 categories, but the number of golden statuettes given out won’t be changing.
The two Sound categories, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing, have been combined into one award for best achievement in Sound that emphasizes the team effort. The number of Oscar statuettes remains the same; up to six statuettes may be awarded. Eligible recipients may include one production sound mixer, two supervising sound editors and three rerecording mixers.
Other rule changes announced last summer include a music originality percentage rule and an International Feature category voting change.
In the Music (Original Score) category, for a score to be eligible, it must comprise a minimum of 60 percent original music. Additionally, for sequels and franchise films, a score must have a minimum of 80 percent new music.
In a procedural change in the International Feature Film category, all eligible Academy members will now be invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting. For the first time, film submissions will be made available through the Academy Screening Room streaming platform to those members who opt-in. These members of the International Feature Film Preliminary Voting committee must meet a minimum viewing requirement in order to be eligible to vote in the category.
Stay tuned to The Gold Knight as Oscar Sunday approaches. We’ll share all the latest developments.
The 93rd Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2020, will be presented on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.