An Updated List of Awards Shows Canceled or Postponed Due to COVID-19

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The mass cancellation of all large in-person gatherings in the wake of the sudden coronavirus crisis continues to affect the global entertainment industry in unforeseen ways—movie premieres delayed, Broadway productions shuttered, concerts and festivals postponed indefinitely. It should now come as no surprise that awards ceremonies, unfortunately, are also to be cancelled or rescheduled in the coming months. 

While many awards-giving organizations may stick to their usual schedules of announcing nominees and winners, others may rearrange dates or even refrain from handing out prizes in 2020. The Razzie Awards (albeit a parody recognizing “cinematic under-achievements”) were the year’s first honors, and surely not the last, to unveil results in a press release rather than a ceremony. The Television Academy has suspended all For Your Consideration events leading up to the delayed Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and nominating and voting windows have shifted. As with other areas of the industry and the economy at large, it now remains to be seen how long and to what extent the response to the potential spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 will disrupt theater awards, Hollywood’s guilds, and more.

So in the meantime, Backstage is keeping track of which film, television, and theater awards that would normally be marked on our calendars will instead be cancelled or postponed; several are still to be determined. The list of dates below will continue to be updated as more announcements are made!

April 2020
Jimmy Awards: cancelled
Lucille Lortel Award nominations announcement: originally April 2, rescheduled to April 14
45th Olivier Awards: April 5 ceremony cancelled
31st GLAAD Media Awards: originally April 16, postponed
Drama Desk Award nominations announcement: April 21
Daytime Emmy Award nominations announcement: originally April 27, postponed
Tony Award nominations announcement: originally April 28, postponed
Drama League Award nominations announcement: April 30

May 2020
Pulitzer Prizes announcement: May 3
35th annual Lucille Lortel Awards: May 3, presented virtually
24th annual Webby Awards: May 11 ceremony cancelled
86th annual Drama League Awards: May 15 (TBD)
British Academy Television Awards: originally May 17, postponed
Chita Rivera Awards: originally May 17, postponed
65th annual Obie Awards: originally May, postponed to June 4, postponed
36th Helen Hayes Awards: originally May 18, postponed to Aug. 24
40th annual College Television Awards: rescheduled to May 30
65th annual Drama Desk Awards: originally May 31, postponed

June 2020
76th annual Theatre World Awards: originally June 1, postponed to fall 2020
74th annual Tony Awards: originally June 7, postponed
47th Daytime Emmy Awards: originally June 12–14, postponed
80th Peabody Awards: originally June 18, postponed to June 10

July 2020
71st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement: originally July 14, rescheduled to July 28

As developments are ongoing, this article will be updated as news breaks. Please check back for updates.

For more resources related to COVID-19, check out our comprehensive list of coronavirus resources for actors and creators.

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Jack Smart
Jack Smart is the awards editor at Backstage, where he covers all things Emmy, SAG, Oscar, and Tony Awards. He also produces and hosts Backstage’s awards podcast “In the Envelope” and has interviewed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen.
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