Oscars 2022 moves to March

29 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Oscars have been postponed for a second consecutive year, and relaxed eligibility rules allowing films to skip movie theaters will be kept in place due to the pandemic, the Academy said Thursday.

The 94th Academy Awards will now take place on March 27, 2022, exactly a month later than originally planned, and are set to return to their traditional venue at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, reports AFP.

After ratings nosedived for this year’s unusual, pandemic-affected Oscars — which were held at a Los Angeles train station — the postponement avoids potentially costly clashes with the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics.

American football’s biggest event takes place in Los Angeles next year on February 13, while the global winter sports extravaganza is due to be held in Beijing from February 4-20.

But the impact of Covid-19 — which transformed Hollywood’s award season last year, shuttering movie theaters, delaying dozens of major films and forcing many ceremonies to go online — also continues to be felt.