(Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)It was the news nearly everyone was expecting: The 2021 Academy Awards have officially been pushed back by almost two months.The ceremony was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, but will now be held April 25, 2021.In a statement, Academy president David Rubin and 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 penalized 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 museum mentioned, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, was due to open this December but its opening has also been pushed back to April.It s true! Next year s #Oscars will happen on April 25, 2021.Here s what else you need to know: The eligibility period for the Oscars will be extended to February 28, 2021 Nominations will be announced on March 15, 2021 @AcademyMuseum will open on April 30, 2021 pic.twitter.com/cTsqOfsf8k The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 15, 2020The move to push the ceremony back comes on the back of new eligibility rules the Academy had already shared. As Variety reports: A feature film must now have a qualifying release date between Jan. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021. The submission deadline for specialty categories (animated feature film, documentary feature, documentary short subject, international feature film, animated short film, live action short film) is Dec. 1, 2020. The submission deadline for general entry categories, including best picture, original score and original song, is now Jan. 15, 2021. New dates for release qualification could make the coming January and February, usually a dead time at the box office, an exciting time for movie fans with Oscar contenders usually slated for Fall hitting the big screen through the winter.It s been a big week for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Last Wednesday, it was announced that Selma director Ava DuVernay was among six new members elected to the board of governors. The new members inclusion has tilted the scales of membership toward more diversity, though women still make up just under half of members, and people of color just 12 of 54 members.The Board of Governors also announced a new set of initiatives aimed at equity and inclusion, including a commitment to a full 10 Best Picture nominees every year from 2022 onward.Below are key dates for the 2021 Academy Awards:Preliminary voting begins: February 1, 2021Preliminary voting ends: February 5, 2021Oscars shortlists announcement: February 9, 2021Nominations voting begins: March 5, 2021Nominations voting ends: March 10, 2021Oscar nominations announcement: March 15, 2021Oscars nominees luncheon: April 15 2021Final voting begins: April 15, 2021Museum gala: April 17, 2021Final voting ends: April 20, 2021Oscars: April 25, 2021Museum public opening: April 30, 2021
Whether or not you re a fan of basketball, the NBA, or 90s pop culture, chances are you know who Michael Jordan is. Thanks to a historically successful run with the Chicago Bulls during the better part of the 1990s, a lucrative and impossibly effective endorsement deal with Nike, and the kind of cultural ubiquity enjoyed by just a select few, Jordan became arguably the most recognized and beloved athlete in the world. Ever. Now, as everyone continues to huddle at home, and with professional sports events postponed for the foreseeable future, ESPN has released a new docuseries to help scratch that itch, and viewers can t get enough. The Last Dance alternately covers the 1997-1998 season of the Chicago Bulls as they attempt to complete the rare NBA three-peat or three championship titles in a row and retraces Jordan s stunning career. It s already become the most-watched documentary in the history of ESPN, and if you re looking for more stuff like it to watch, Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Naz Perez has you covered. From a critically acclaimed Spike Lee drama to a documentary five years in the making to an action film co-starring Dennis Rodman and more, here s what you should check out if every episode of The Last Dance keeps you begging for more.