Because of the disruptions to the normal movie-release schedule caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Academy Awards calendar has been pushed back significantly. Here are the key dates for this year's awards ceremony.
- Preliminary voting period: February 1, 2021—February 5, 2021
- Oscar Shortlists Announcement: February 9, 2021
- Nominations voting period: March 5, 2021—March 10, 2021
- Oscar Nominations Announcement: Monday, March 15, 2021 (originally January 13).
- Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Thursday April 15, 2021
- Final voting period: Thursday April 15, 2021—Tuesday, April 20, 2021
- The Oscars: (originally February 28).
Also due to COVID-19, the standard January 1—December 31 awards eligibility period was extended. To qualify for the 93rd Academy Awards, films must have had a qualifying release between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. The Academy also loosened its eligibility rules, for the first time allowing some films that premiered on streaming or broadcast services prior to theatrical release.