The Film Academy and ABC said on Thursday that plans were already underway for the 94th Oscar to be held on March 27, 2022.
After a year of disruption, innovation and frighteningly low ratings, the Academy Awards are coming back into business as usual. The show will return to the Dolby Theater for its ABC broadcast and the eligibility window will once again close at the end of the calendar year.
This past year, the academy extended the eligibility window in February and canceled non-television programs such as the Governors Awards and the Nominee Luncheon due to the epidemic. All those trimming are now back on schedule, with the Governors Awards scheduled on 15 January and lunches will be held on 7 March. Nominations will be announced on 8 February.
The academy, however, said that the dates are subject to change. The organization is also acknowledging that the film business is still being affected by the epidemic and is expanding the streaming eligibility Caviate that they adopted in the 2021 awards season last year. This means that movies do not have to run dramatically to qualify and can debut on streaming or video on demand services.
The end date of March for Hollywood’s biggest award shows is much later than usual. Originally the 94th edition was scheduled to air on February 27, but the month also featured major live events including the 2022 Olympics and the Super Bowl.
Audience for the 93rd Oscars held at Union Station in Los Angeles at the end of April was less than half the previous low, with only 9.85 million viewers watching the nomad to win Best Picture. This was the equivalent for an Epidemic Award show: the Golden Globes (6.9 million viewers) and the Grammy Awards (9.2 million) both had record-low viewers.
And next year would be different without the Golden Globes, which usually aired in early January, stealing some of Oscar’s thunder. NBC said earlier this year that it would not broadcast the Golden Globes in 2022 amid controversies and calls for reform within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which put it.