The 94th Oscars ceremony will move to Sunday, March 27, 2022, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced on Thursday (May 27). The show was originally scheduled for Feb. 27, 2022.
Except for this past year’s pandemic-delayed show, which was held on April 25, the March 27 airdate will be the latest in the calendar year that the Oscars have been presented since 1995, when they were also presented on March 27.
The Oscars were held in March or April for 61 consecutive years, from 1943 through 2003. They moved up to February in 2004, and aired in February a total of 13 times between 2004 and 2020.
The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration will return to the standard Dec. 31 deadline: A feature film must have a qualifying release date between March 1, 2021, and Dec. 31, 2021. As a result, this coming year will have 10-month eligibility period, while this past year had a 14-month eligibility period.
Because the pandemic is still impacting theater attendance, eligibility requirements for the 94th Academy Awards will be consistent with the addendums made for the 93rd Awards season. Those can be found here.
Complete 94th Awards rules and specialty category submission deadlines will be announced in June. Following this year, the Academy intends to expand the qualifying requirements for the 95th Awards.
The 94th Oscars will be held at to the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, its usual home since 2002. Parts of this year’s show were shot there, but the show’s main location was the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. The 2022 Oscars will be televised live on ABC, which has aired the show every year since 1976.
Key dates for the 2021 Oscar season are as follows:
General entry categories submission deadline Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PT Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021
Oscar shortlists announcement Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021
Eligibility period ends Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
Governors awards Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
Oscar nominations announcement Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022
Oscar nominees luncheon Monday, March 7, 2022
Finals voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, March 17, 2022
Finals voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, March 22, 2022
94th Oscars Sunday, March 27, 2022
Per the Academy, all dates are subject to change.