Award shows 2021: are they still happening?

What's going on with the Oscars, Grammys, and other award shows?

Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto at the 2014 Academy Awards
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What's our favorite season? Awards. (Just call us Moira Rose!) We can't help but love award shows: the red carpet pageantry, the A-list after parties, not to mention all of the great movies, shows, and music that they celebrate. 

But, like many things, the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in annual arts events like music festivals (no Glastonbury this year), film festivals (the usual springtime Cannes has been delayed until July) and, yes, award shows. With some postponed, some canceled, some virtual and some in-person, here is an award show 2021 guide so you don't miss a moment of all the glitz and glamour. 

Golden Globe Awards: February 28th

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association pushed the ceremony, a celebration of the year's best TV series and movies, from its usual January to late February due to pandemic concerns. The star-studded affair will be hosted by dynamic duo Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and will air live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Nominees will be announced on February 3rd. 

Critics' Choice Awards: March 7th

Honoring both TV and film work, the Critics Choice Association's show usually airs in January in between the Golden Globes and the Oscars. However, this year's broadcast will occur in early March, airing on CW with Taye Diggs as your host for the third consecutive year. Television nominations will be announced on January 18th, with film nominations to follow on February 7th.

Grammy Awards: March 14th

Originally scheduled for January, the biggest night in music was pushed back to mid-March as a result of a rise in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles, where the show was set to film. The ceremony will be emceed by "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah and will air on CBS. Nominees were announced in November 2020: Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, including Record of the Year, with Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift and Roddy Ricch following behind with six nods each. Other nominees include Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, and Phoebe Bridgers. 

Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez speak onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards

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Screen Actors Guild Awards: April 4th

The 27th annual SAG Awards moved its ceremony date not once but twice due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Usually held in January, the awards—which highlight excellence in film and television acting—first shifted to March 14th. Unfortunately, that was already the rescheduled date for the Grammys. To avoid conflict, the SAGs will now air on Sunday, April 4th on TNT and TBS, and nominees will be announced on February 4th.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts: April 11th

This year's BAFTAs were originally set to air on February 14th (talk about one of the best Valentine's Day gifts 2021 has to offer!), but once news hit that the Academy Awards would be postponing their ceremony by two months, many award shows were quick to follow. Now the ceremony, which will air with no audience in attendance on BBC One, is rescheduled for Sunday, April 11th. Nominees will be announced on March 9th. 

Film Independent Spirit Awards: April 22nd

The breeziest of the bunch, the Spirit Awards luncheon is usually held right off of Santa Monica Beach and televised on a Saturday in February. This year, however, the show is breaking with tradition and airing instead on IFC on Thursday, April 22nd, right before Oscars weekend. Nominees—including brand-new TV categories like Best New Scripted Series and Best Ensemble Cast—were announced on January 26th. 

The Academy Awards: April 25th

The big one. Extending the award show season to its longest stretch yet, the 93rd annual Oscars moved its ABC telecast back two months from late February to late April. The delay also readjusted the timeline for eligible films from December 31st to February 28th, as well as allowed for streaming platforms to qualify. Nominees will be announced on March 15th.

Tony Awards: TBD

To have an award show dedicated to theater, you need, well, theater. With the lights of Broadway dark since March 2020, the Tonys—which is usually held in June—has been postponed indefinitely until the stages open once again.

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

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