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2021 Awards Calendar: New dates, unconventional ceremonies, and Irish hopefuls
07 Jan 2021 : News Desk
With the major International Awards ceremonies slightly delayed this year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, IFTN rounds up the ceremony and nomination dates of the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTA Awards and 93rdAcademy Awards, as a number of Irish hopefuls seek nominations.

With all major Awards ceremonies going full steam ahead, many Irish film talents are in the race for nominations. Cartoon Saloon’s highly acclaimed feature Wolfwalkers is Variety’s pick for the Best Animated Feature at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Variety have also highlighted performances by Saoirse Ronan (Ammonite) and Jessie Buckley (I’m Thinking of Ending Things) as Academy Award contenders, whilst Element Pictures’ Herself, written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell, is in the race for Best Original Screenplay. Elsewhere, Arracht, Ireland’s entry for the Best International Feature category, will be hopeful of making the 10-film shortlist on Feb 9th; giving it a significant chance of a nomination.

At the Golden Globes, Variety hasn’t ruled out acting nods for Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in the IFTA Best Picture winner Ordinary Love, while Jamie Dornan’s performance in the Screen Ireland and WRAP funded feature Wild Mountain Thyme is said to have a strong chance in the Best Actor: Comedy or Musical category. Meanwhile, smash-hit Irish drama Normal People will hope it can emulate its Emmy-nomination success in the television categories at this year’s Golden Globes’ ceremony.

Dates for the 2021 Awards Calendar

Golden Globes – February 28th 

The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, originally scheduled for the first Sunday in January, has been pushed two months, with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association occupying the Feb. 28th date previously vacated by the Oscars. Nominations are to be announced on Feb. 3rd, with the ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at The Beverley Hilton in L.A. Whether the Awards will operate virtually as per other Awards ceremonies during the pandemic has yet to be detailed.

SAG Awards – March 14th

The 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards has moved from January to March, with eligibility extended by two months. Nominations will be announced on Feb. 4th with the ceremony to take place on Sunday, March 14th. The venue and ceremony details for the SAG Awards has not yet been confirmed.

BAFTA Awards – April 11th

The 74th annual EE British Academy Film Awards will take place two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards on April 11th as is customary. The ceremony was moved to this date having previously been set for Feb. 14th and will accommodate an extended eligibility period. BAFTAhave not yet confirmed a virtual ceremony without guests, however, the British Academy delivered its TV Awards as a successful virtual offering in July 2020.

The Oscars – April 25th

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has postponed this year’s 93rd annual Oscars by two months, with its eligibility window extended to Feb. 28th. The ceremony now takes place on April 25that the famous Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar nominations are set to be announced on March 15th. The Emmys delivered a successful virtual awards in 2020, will the Academy follow suit and bring us a virtual celebration in April?

The IFTA Awards 2021

In Ireland, the Irish Academy has already embraced the virtual awards process, delivering a very successful Virtual IFTA Awards Ceremony in 2020 with talent such as Martin Scorsese, Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Ruth Negga, Caitriona Balfe and more, presenting awards.  IFTA will shortly announce dates for its 2021 IFTA Awards ceremony, with details expected as to whether the ceremony will, yet again, be a virtual offering.

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