16 June 2020

BAFTA follow Oscars in pushing back 2021 awards ceremony by two months

The 2021 BAFTA’s have been pushed back to April next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Initially the ceremony was set to take place on February 14, but organisers have now agreed to delay it until April 11.

It comes after the Oscars announced they were postponing their 2021 event from February 28 to April 25.

Marc Samuelson, chair of BAFTA's film committee, said: "We have pushed back by two months to give all films the best possible chance to be released and considered properly."

Meanwhile, Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said: "For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times. They certainly have this year.

"Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalised for something beyond anyone’s control.

"This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema."

The best videos delivered daily

Watch the stories that matter, right from your inbox