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Oscars Delayed Until April After Virus Upends Hollywood

  • Academy Awards will air April 25 on ABC, a two-month delay
  • Film-release cutoff is moved to Feb. 28 from the usual Dec. 31
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Covid-19 Stretches Awards Season
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The next Oscars ceremony will be in April, two months later than originally planned, to give films delayed by the coronavirus pandemic a better shot at the industry’s most prestigious awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Walt Disney Co.’s ABC will air the 93rd Academy Awards on April 25. Films that premiere before Feb. 28 will now be eligible to compete. Normally, the ceremony is held in February and only movies that came out during the previous calendar year are considered.