A month after the end of an unusual awards season altered by the COVID-19 pandemic
, Oscar organizers are already planning the next ceremony, announcing Thursday that the Academy Awards
will take place a month later than usual in 2022, but will largely revert to pre-pandemic form.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that the 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27 at the Dolby Theater
in Los Angeles
, as is customary.
The film eligibility deadline will revert to the pre-pandemic date of December 31 of the previous year.
However, some of the changes made specifically for the pandemic will remain in effect, such as the ability for Oscar contenders to premiere on a streaming service or on-demand platform without a theatrical release, given the varying rate at which moviegoers are returning to theaters.
can also qualify if they have a theatrical release in at least one of six qualifying cities or regions: Los Angeles, New York City
, the San Francisco
Bay Area, Chicago, Miami, or Atlanta
. Drive-in theaters, which have seen a resurgence in popularity during the pandemic, will also count as theatrical releases, according to the academy.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the academy overhauled many of its procedures, causing ripple effects throughout the entertainment
industry. The modified and extended awards season concluded last month with the Oscars
ceremony, which followed COVID-19 protocols and took place at a variety of different venues, including Los Angeles' Union Station.
The Governors Awards and the nominees luncheon, which were canceled due to the pandemic, will return on Jan. 15 and March 7, 2022, respectively, with the nominations announced on Feb. 8. However, given the world’s constant state of flux, these dates are subject to change, according to the academy.