Which Major Awards Shows and Fan Events Are Canceled or Postponed?

Despite the fact that many states are easing stay-at-home restrictions, the coronavirus pandemic is still going strong in America. We might have flattened the curve–for now–but Hollywood is being more cautious about reopening.

So far, only one major film has resumed shooting (the next Jurassic World film), and we’ve officially run out of new Jeopardy! episodes.

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Unfortunately, we’re also seeing major awards shows and fan events postponed or canceled well into 2021. Here’s what you need to know.

DC FanDome Hopes to Appease Impatient Fans

With their surest bet at a hit–Wonder Woman 1984–pushed back until October, DC needed something to tide fans over. They created DC FanDome, a virtual event featuring the stars of many of its biggest movies and TV series.

It’s not a great sign that a Google search for “DC FanDome” kept suggesting I check out the Marvel Cinematic Universe instead. But with the promise of new information about the legendary Snyder Cut of Justice League, not to mention interviews with a huge library of stars, it might be worth tuning in.

You’ll only be able to access the content for 24 hours, beginning on August 22 at 10 am PT. You can check it out yourself at DCFanDome.com.

San Diego Comic-Con Moving Online

SDCC, the biggest name in comic book and “geek” media, won’t have an in-person event this year. Instead, they’re putting together a virtual event similar to DC FanDome. The good news is that the event will be completely free for everyone.

You’ll be able to shop a virtual exhibitor hall–which is great news for vendors who are losing a major money-making opportunity. You can also watch plenty of virtual panels, even if a Zoom call isn’t quite as thrilling as seeing the stars in person.

“For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” said SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer. “Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.”

Will this become an option for fans who can’t attend future conventions? A free (or at least cheap) virtual ticket could expand SDCC’s reach to a global audience, but they would lose the exclusivity of attending the massive con in person.

Award Shows in Limbo

Yesterday, Jimmy Kimmel announced that he would be hosting the Emmy Awards in September of this year. He’s hosted both the Emmys and the Oscars multiple times over the last decade. But this might be his biggest hosting challenge yet.

ABC has not officially decided whether to do a 100% virtual show or to incorporate distance elements along with a live audience.

While the show is going on (at least in some form) at the Emmys, other awards shows are being even more cautious. Both the Oscars and the BAFTAs have decided to postpone their 2021 ceremonies for two months. The move gives production companies more time to premiere their films and maintain eligibility for the awards.

The Oscars have only been delayed 3 times in the past 100 years. The first happened when Los Angeles flooded in 1938; the second time followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The final postponement happened in 1981 following the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.

As with the Emmys, it is not yet clear whether these ceremonies will be held in person, virtually, or some combination of the two.