The Bafta Awards organization announced the postponement of the gala until April 11, 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic and compliance with different health regulations.» This change from the previously announced date of February 14 recognizes the impact of the pandemic and adapts to a new longer election period. More details about the ceremony will be announced throughout the year,» the British Academy of Film and Television Arts cited to The Hollywood Reporter said.The reasons, beyond keeping the agenda of the awards, are related to the inability to release films for producers and distributors for the closure of rooms product of the pandemic.
We are announcing temporary changes to our film eligibility rules for the 2021 #EEBAFTAs in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic which resulted in UK cinemas closing on 20 March. Next year’s Film Awards will now be held on Sunday 11 April. https://t.co/oOKkyf9b5e— BAFTA (@BAFTA)
June 16, 2020
In turn, they announced a series of temporary changes for the 2021 ceremony, as they indicated that they are conducting «a review of their membership processes, nominations and voting.» The nominees in the categories will be announced on March 15, 2021 and the deadline to be a candidate will not be completed in 2020, but on February 28 of next year, the day the American gala was originally to be held.
In addition, they debated allowing digitally released films that could not be released in cinemas to compete for the awards. You can see the full list of changes here. The news was reported hours after the Hollywood Academy announced that the Oscars will be on April 25. Thus, the British film industry adapted its calendar to that of the American, maintaining its awards ceremony two weeks before that of Los Angeles, as is the case in each season. Let us remember that different meetings were also postponed such as the Cannes Film Festival, on which the organizer, Thierry Frémaux, warned that it is not possible to do it online.
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