Academy Sets March 27, 2022 as Date for 94th Oscars

One month after Nomadland was dubbed the Best Picture of 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has set the date and eligibility period for next year’s ceremony. The 94th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at the Dolby Theater. This is one month later than the show’s originally planned date of February 27.

The eligibility period will not be extended, and is in fact reduced due to last year’s extra-long window. To be considered for the 94th Oscars, theatrical films will need to be released between March 1 and December 31, 2021. AMPAS will also extend the addendums that were in place last year, allowing films to skip a theatrical release, due to the ongoing disruption of theatrical availability in New York and Los Angeles. These changes could be permanent, as the press release states, “the Academy intends to expand the qualifying requirements for the 95th Awards.”

Here are the key dates for the 94th Oscar season:

General entry categories submission deadline Monday, November 15, 2021
Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PT Friday, December 10, 2021
Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Oscar Shortlists Announcement Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Eligibility period ends Friday, December 31, 2021
Governors Awards Saturday, January 15, 2022
Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, January 27, 2022
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Oscar Nominations Announcement Tuesday, February 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


With NBC canceling next year’s Golden Globes and the Oscar ceremony pushed back by a month (although a month earlier than this year), it will be interesting to see what this does for a usually very packed season. Might we have some breathing room for those three months after the eligible window closes? Or will Hollywood be busier than ever?

The full updated rules for the 94th Academy Awards will be released in June.

Written by
Karen Peterson is the Awards Editor for We Live Entertainment. She previously worked as the Assistant Editor at Awards Circuit, now owned by Variety. Her work can also be found at Citizen Dame and at the Watch and Talk podcast. Her non-awards season hobbies include Angels baseball, taking pictures of other peoples' pets, and tweeting about The Bachelor franchise.

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