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Oscars may be postponed due to coronavirus: report

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By Mark RALSTON

Next year's Oscars could be postponed due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus in Hollywood, trade publication Variety reported Tuesday.

The movie industry's biggest night is currently scheduled for Feb 28.

But with theaters shuttered, blockbusters delayed and productions halted, the prize-giving Academy has already been forced to make significant rules changes.

One of multiple anonymous sources told Variety it was now "likely" the ceremony itself will be postponed.

No formal proposals or detailed discussions have yet taken place over moving the event, or potential new dates, the report said.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

Last month, the Academy -- seen as the apex body of the Hollywood film industry -- eased eligibility rules, allowing movies that skip the big screen this year to contend for Oscars.

At the time, the body also warned that "additional adjustments to Academy rules, eligibility requirements and scheduling may be required."

"As previously announced, the 93rd Oscars telecast is scheduled to air Sunday, February 28, 2021, on ABC. Any updated information about the show will be shared at a later time," it said in the statement last month.

Currently, films must be released by December 31 to be considered for the following year's Oscars, which usually take place in February or March.

It was not clear what impact, if any, a delay in the ceremony would have on eligibility rules.

The Oscars are the grand finale of a movie award season starting in earnest with the Golden Globes in early January.

Other movie award shows have yet to announce delays to their ceremonies, though many have also loosened eligibility rules.

Both the Directors Guild of America and Producers Guild of America said Tuesday that streaming titles would be permitted this year.

Television's Primetime Emmys ceremony is currently still scheduled to take place in September. The earlier and lower-profile Daytime Emmys has already been replaced with a virtual event.

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No one cares !

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Mother of all calamities!

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What a tragedy.

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Imagine my despair.

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Feb 28th of 2021? Do they have to make a decision now?

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The self-congratulating celebrities will be more than happy to miss another roasting from Ricky Gervais, even if he does it via video-conferencing!

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I share the general lack of anguish shown by other posters.

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Honestly who...cares..?

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Release the films on the internet, now. Let the people see them all for free, or under their subscriptions to one or more online streaming apps. Call it a nice thing to do given that many are stuck at home and WOULD go see the movies if they could, but can't. Go by ratings, and numbers of times the movies are watched, downloaded, what have you. It is not a normal time, so why should the Oscars be normal? I think a lot more people would appreciate them if they had a say, and if they had been all been given an equal chance to see the films.

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I remember, as a kid, the thrill of staying up until the wee small hours or rising early, to see this show beamed in from America.

The thrill of seeing these celebrities, what would they say, what were they wearing and what film (that I was usually too young to have seen yet) would walk off with a clutch of awards?

That thrill has dimmed somewhat over the years, so I'm fine with highlights etc, but the joy of cinema remains.

In these terrible times (are there any other?), I reckon we need escapism more than ever.

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So...?

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No movies in theaters = no contestants

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Release the films on the internet, now. Let the people see them all for free, or under their subscriptions to one or more online streaming apps.

Some have done! In America, though. I haven't seen it happen in Japan.

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No movies in theaters = no contestants

I think they're changing the rules for this year only, so that films that debuted on Netflix or whatever to be eligible.

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No one cares !

I do, and so do a lot of other people who take a keen interest in cinema. The celebrity pandering is an unfortunate sideshow, but the award winners matter to me a lot.

I think a lot more people would appreciate them if they had a say

I disagree. What we don't need is a bunch of fanboys turning the next superhero-in-tights movie into a Best Picture winner. Any voting method has its flaws, as does the current one. But I don't think that turning it over to the masses is the answer.

The self-congratulating celebrities will be more than happy to miss another roasting from Ricky Gervais,

The Academy Awards and the Golden Globes are not the same thing.

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The self-congratulating celebrities will be more than happy to miss another roasting from Ricky Gervais, even if he does it via video-conferencing!

It's refreshing to see that the atheist and animal rights comedian has such a following.

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I remember when the Oscars, Grammys, American Music Awards, MTV Video Awards were so entertaining. I'd stay up late watching them and later when I was in the Navy and college we'd have pizza + beer + wine coolers at our parties watching these shows and digging our favorite stars. All these shows mattered.

that was the 20th Century.

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The Ricky Gervais monologue at the past Oscar show - enough said.

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The Ricky Gervais monologue at the past Oscar show - enough said.

Actually, I'd like to more - which year was this? Pretty sure he hasn't presented or done one of his monologues at the Academy Awards.

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