Earlier today came the news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are considering postponing next year's Oscar ceremony. The Academy has not formally announced any plans one way or the other but a source told Variety that "definitive plans are far from being concrete" but that “it’s likely they’ll be postponed." The news isn't a huge surprise to movie fans given the litany of delays in Hollywood, but that hasn't stopped many from assuming this potential delay is due to one major reason: The Academy doesn't want to recognize the crop of films that have actually been released this year.
Films likes Trolls World Tour, Birds of Prey, and Sonic the Hedgehog have been some of the only major releases for the entire year, with many jokingly assuming they'd sweep the Oscars if the ceremony went on unimpeded. Needless to say, these three films (along with other notable 2020 releases like Bad Boys for Life, The Invisible Man, Dolittle, and Netflix's Extraction & Spenser Confidential) aren't exactly the type of films that The Academy is known for honoring. It's not entirely out of the realm of possibility that more "Oscar Bait" type films will be released towards the later part of the year. For now though it's unclear if studios are interested in debuting those movies in mostly empty theaters or on streaming platforms, all while still chasing Oscar gold.
Despite there being no real reason to believe in a conspiracy theory about The Academy worrying they'll only be able to award films like Bloodshot, Brahms: The Boy II, and Underwater with Oscars, movie fans are still having a field day with that assumption with a variety of hilarious jokes. We've collected some of the best tweets on the subject which you can find below.
"Academy May Postpone 2021 Oscars Due to Coronavirus."— Michael Shane (@Glitter_Rock) May 20, 2020
Translation: 'We award the best of the year's movies--but we don't want to look stupid by acknowledging Birds Of Prey, Sonic The Hedgehog or The Invisible Man for anything other than special effects. Because, shyeah, as if."
Trolls World Tour could beat Titanic
they dont want trolls world tour to win 20 oscars and it shows😴😴 https://t.co/0P1ClrKyrR— ice (@jenscardellini) May 19, 2020
Scoob is technically eligible for Best Picture this year
What if Scoob wins Best Picture at the Oscars as no other films will be released. Or Trolls.— Tweets by Collin™ (@TweetsByCollin) May 19, 2020
Can Martin Lawrence and Will Smith get nominations?
IS IT BECAUSE SONIC AND BAD BOYS 3 WERE THE ONLY FILMS PEOPLE ACTUALLY GAVE A SHIT ABOUT— luncheon kingdom stan (@BeanieRedhead) May 20, 2020
The Trolls love is strong
this is just so trolls world tour cant sweep the oscars https://t.co/ilx7lCDMft— 𝒶𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇 💚❤🖤E:U DAY! (@manghyos) May 20, 2020
An improvement honestly
If the oscars were all split between invisible man, birds of prey, and trolls world tour, that would honestly be an improvement over a lot of years.— Christian Carr (@RoosterCarr) May 20, 2020
20 minute ceremony, quick and easy
Just give all the Oscars to Birds of Prey and Emma and The Invisible Man and be done with it in 20 minutes https://t.co/xjkedIOS1G— ✨Shannon✨ (@_shannononon_) May 20, 2020
Birds of Prey FYC campaign when
they’re just scared of giving birds of prey an oscar https://t.co/4lTTJlLRDr— julia (@WlDOWBlTES) May 20, 2020
The people finally have demands
Please, just give Birds of Prey and Bad Boys 3 all the oscars. Its what the ppl want https://t.co/y4XcKOn4Ut— Jacob Bearchum ⭐️⭐ (@Jbearchum) May 19, 2020
Sonic is RIGHT THERE
YOU WILL GIVE SONIC THAT OSCAR, YOU COWARDS!— Reverend Tack Angel ⚪️ (@tackangel) May 20, 2020
I want to go to there
They delayed their whole movie to redo it, this will be a cake walk
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG’s Oscar campaign may now have to work twice as hard. https://t.co/4WfOVHsYg6— Mike Smith (@MSmithFilmBlog) May 20, 2020
We all want to see that
Aw but I wanted to see an Oscar's where the only films nominated for anything were Onward, Sonic the Hedgehog and Brahms: The Boy II. https://t.co/XJG2Ef8MA0— Matt Lally (@ImpishMATT) May 20, 2020