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Key Awards Dates 2020-2021: Full Calendar for the Most Unusual Oscar Season Ever

The Oscars are pushed back, and so is (almost) everything else on the awards-season schedule. Here’s where the key dates stand. (Updated July 29, 2020.)

The Oscars

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The Academy pushed back the Oscars 2021 telecast to April 25, eight weeks back from the old date, February 28. The date change and extended eligibility period give a swath of films more time to finish production and reach audiences without sacrificing their chances for Oscar contention.

The precedents for changing the Oscar date include a delay in 1938 (a flood in Los Angeles), 1968 (the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), and 1981 (the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan), but the film industry has never seen anything like the 2020 pandemic. Even during the 1918 Spanish Flu, Hollywood production continued and most theaters remained open.

Most Oscar seasons are comprised of movies that open after Labor Day weekend, but fall film festivals are also under duress: Telluride is canceled, and we don’t know what form Venice, Toronto and New York will take this year. AFI FEST and even January’s Sundance may play a role in the 2021 Oscar race. Big titles like David Fincher’s biopic “Mank,” starring Oscar-winner Gary Oldman, may thrive without a fall festival launch (Netflix has not committed to sending any films to fall festivals), but smaller, less pedigreed titles, which need discovery from media and audiences, could suffer from the lack of festival attention.

The Academy has also changed its Oscar submission deadlines and awards calendar, and other awards groups are following suit. See the constantly updating calendar below.

Thursday, September 2, 2020
The Venice International Film Festival opens

Friday, September 10, 2020
Toronto International Film Festival opens

Friday, September 25, 2020
New York Film Festival opens
Final deadline for Critics Choice documentary submissions

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
London International Film Festival opens

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Hamptons International Film Festival opens

Thursday, October 15, 2020
AFI FEST opens

Monday, October 19, 2020
Critics Choice documentary awards nominations announced.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Gotham Award nominations announced (IFP)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards shortlists announced

Friday, October 30, 2020
BAFTA LA Britannia Awards

Monday, November 30, 2020
30th Gotham Awards (IFP)
Submission website for 2021 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries opens

Saturday, December 12, 2020
33rd European Film Awards announced

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms

Monday, January 4, 2021
Online voting begins for Art Directors Guild television and feature film nominations

Monday, January 11, 2021
SAG nominations balloting opens

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Deadline for Golden Globe Television nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Deadline for receipt of Golden Globe Television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 21, 2021
Sundance Film Festival opens

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Deadline for Golden Globe Motion Picture nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Final Golden Globes screening date for Motion Pictures

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Final date for Golden Globes Motion Picture press conferences

Monday, February 1, 2021
SAG nominations balloting closes at 5 P.M. PT
Online voting for Art Directors Guild nominations close
Preliminary Oscar voting begins
Critics Choice nomination ballots go to members
Online Voting for Art Directors Guild (ADG) television and feature film nominations begins

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Deadline for receipt of Golden Globe Motion Picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Thursday, February 4, 2021
SAG Awards nominations announced

Friday, February 5, 2021
Preliminary Oscar voting ends
Critics Choice nomination ballots due

Sunday, February 7, 2021
Critics Choice Awards nominations announced.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Oscar Shortlists Announcement

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Final SAG Awards voting opens
Announcement of nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe® Awards, at 5:00 a.m. PT

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Cinema Audio Society nomination ballot voting begins online

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Final Golden Globes ballots mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Cinema Audio Society nomination ballot voting ends

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

Sunday, February 28, 2021
Submission deadline for the Oscars
Deadline for receipt of final Golden Globes ballots by Ernst & Young, at 5:00 p.m. PT
Presentation of the 78th Annual Golden Globe® Awards

Monday, March 1, 2021
Online Voting for ADG nominations closes 5:00 p.m. PT

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
ADG nominations announced
Cinema Audio Society nominees announced

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Final ballots go to Critics Choice voters

Friday, March 5, 2021
Oscar nominations voting begins
Critics Choice ballots due

Sunday, March 7, 2021
26th Critics’ Choice Awards

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
SAG Awards voting ends noon PT
Oscar nominations voting ends 5 PM PT

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Final online ADG voting begins

Sunday March 14, 2021
27th SAG Awards announced

Monday, March 15, 2021
Oscar nominations announced

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Cinema Audio Society final voting begins online

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Santa Barbara International Film Festival opens

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Cinema Audio Society final voting ends

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Final ADG online voting ends 5:00 p.m. PT

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Winners announced at The 25th ADG Awards Gala
Winners announced at the 73rd Annual DGA Awards

Sunday, April 11, 2021
Winners announced at BAFTA Awards

Thursday, April 15, 2021
Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Final Oscar voting begins

Saturday, April 17, 2021 
Cinema Audio Society Awards winners announced
Academy Museum gala

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Final Oscar voting ends

Saturday, April 24, 2021
Winners announced at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

Sunday, April 25, 2021
Winners announced at the 93rd Academy Awards (Oscars)

Friday, April 30, 2021
Academy Museum public opening

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