The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the 93rd Academy Awards will be moved from Feb. 28 to April 25.
The biggest night in Hollywood is being postponed because film studios and movie theatres have been shut since March due to COVID-19 and are only just re-opening or making moves to re-open. Several high-profile stars, including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, have also contracted and recovered from the coronavirus.
"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," Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement.
The Academy Awards' eligibility dates will also change as a result of the ceremony being pushed back, and will move from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28. The nominations will be announced March 15.
"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," David and Dawn continued. "This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema."
The Academy Museum is currently scheduled to open April 30, five days after the 2021 Oscars.