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When are the Oscars? The 2020-21 awards season schedule

The Oscar statues backstage at the 88th Academy Awards
The Oscar statues backstage at the Academy Awards in Hollywood.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The shows, apparently, must go on.

The COVID-19 crisis forced film production shutdowns and blew up the distribution chain when movie theaters were closed in March, all of which has the various awards groups rethinking their calendars. Here’s a running tab of the entertainment industry’s rescheduled awards, and major film festival and dates. Accepting that the situations must all be fluid — and many dates are still likely to change — here’s what we know right now.

JULY 2020

28 - 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations

SEPTEMBER 2020

2-12 – Venice International Film Festival

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4-7 – Telluride Film Festival

10-19 – Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

20 – 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards

25-Oct. 11 – New York Film Festival

OCTOBER 2020

8-14 – Hamptons International Film Festival

8-18 – Mill Valley Film Festival

15-18 – Middleburg Film Festival

15-22 – AFI FEST (AFI)

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22 – Gotham Award nominations (IFP)

NOVEMBER 2020

30 – 30th Gotham Awards (IFP)

DECEMBER 2020

12 – European Film Awards

18 – New York Film Critics Circle Awards

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JANUARY 2021

11 – Gotham Awards (IFP)

26 – National Board of Review Awards

28-Feb. 3 – Sundance Film Festival

FEBRUARY 2021

3 – Golden Globe Award nominations

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4 – Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations

7 – Critics’ Choice Awards nominations

9 – Oscar Shortlists announced

16 – Writers Guild of America nominations

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25 - Palm Springs Film Festival (Only the film awards presentation. Festival moves to 2022.)

28 – 78th Golden Globe Awards

MARCH 2021

3 – Annie Award nominations

5 – Oscar nomination voting begins

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7 – 25th Critics’ Choice Awards

10 – Oscar nomination voting ends

14 – 63rd Grammy Awards

15 – Oscar nominations

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21 – Writers Guild of America Awards

31 – April 10th – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

APRIL 2021

4 - Screen Actors Guild Awards

7 – African-American Film Critics Association Awards

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10 – Directors Guild of America Awards

11 – British Academy Film Awards

15 – Final Oscar voting begins

16 – Annie Awards

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20 – Final Oscar voting ends

24 – The Film Independent Spirit Awards

25 – The 93rd Academy Awards (Oscars)


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