The entertainment industry has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with many sets closed mid-production and release dates for films postponed.
As a result, in a rare move, the Oscars 2021 ceremony has also been postponed by two months.
The Academy Awards ceremony was due to take place on 28 February next year but has now been pushed back until 25 April.
Organisers have agreed to extend the eligibility window beyond 31 December 2020 to the end of February, giving films more time to be completed, released and judged by the Academy.
The Oscars isn't the only 2021 awards ceremony to be given a new date.
Next year's Bafta ceremony has been pushed back to 11 April, keeping in line with the Oscars.
David Rubin, president of the Academy and its CEO Dawn Hudson said: "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. 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 penalised for something beyond anyone's control.
"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 Oscars will take place in April 2021.
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