2021 BAFTAs postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

By Zach Harper

On June 15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2021 Oscars would be postponed until April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now the 2021 BAFTAs have followed suit.

The annual event, which was scheduled to be held Feb. 14, has been moved to April 11, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts said in a statement on June 16.

"The change from the previously announced date of Feb. 14 acknowledges the impact of the global pandemic and accommodates an extended eligibility period," BAFTA organizers said.

The world's economies are only just beginning to reopen or move towards doing so, which means many businesses in the film industry such as studios are either just getting restarted or planning to do so in the near future. The entertainment industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, and several high-profile stars, including Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, have also contracted and recovered from the illness.

Renee Zellweger was among the 2020 BAFTA winners, picking up the Best Actress award for her performance in Judy. Photo: © Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images

Like the BAFTAs, the Oscars' eligibility dates also will change for 2021 as a result of the ceremony being pushed back from Feb. 28 to April 25. Instead of the usual Dec. 31 deadline, movies will be eligible for the 93rd Academy Awards until Feb. 28. The nominations will be announced March 15.

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