Key Film And Gaming Award Dates For 2021!

With 2020 throwing up many challenges for the Film industry, it’s not surprising that the 2021 award season has seen some changes to the usual calendar of events. The dates for submissions and ceremonies have largely been delayed, and the criteria of release dates and box office takings that titles have to meet to be eligible for submission, have been relaxed to accommodate cinema closures across the globe in 2020. You can read more about these changes here

So, what’s changed? Below is a timeline of the latest dates for key award ceremonies this year, for both the Film and Gaming industries (dates correct as of January 2021)



Feb. 3: Golden Globe Awards nominations announced

Feb. 4: Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations announced

Feb. 7: Critics Choice Awards film nominations announced

Feb. 9: Oscars shortlists announced

Feb. 16: Writers Guild of America Awards film screenplay nominations announced

Feb. 28: Golden Globe Awards ceremony (New eligibility requirements stipulate more lenient entrance standards for streaming titles, among other changes)

Feb TBA: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) – date to be announced

Bong Joon-Ho with his awards for Best Director and Best Picture among others

MARCH 2021

March 2: Art Directors Guild nominations announced

March 3: Annie Awards nominations announced

March 5-10: Oscar nominations voting

March 7: Critics Choice Awards (The ceremony usually takes place in mid-January, but was postponed in the wake of the pandemic)

March 14: Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony (Pushed back by two months)

March 14: Grammys ceremony (Postponed from original January date)

March 15: Oscar nominations announced

March 21: Writers Guild of America Awards ceremony

March 24: Producers Guild of America Awards

APRIL 2021

April 6: Visual Effects Society Awards ceremony

April 10: Art Directors Guild Awards ceremony

April 10: Directors Guild of America Awards ceremony

April 11: British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards ceremony (BAFTA)

April 15-20th: Final Oscars voting window

April 16: Annie Awards ceremony

April 24: Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony

April 25: The Oscars ceremony (The 93rd Oscars ceremony was originally due to take place on 28th February 2021)

Game of The Year: The Last of Us Part II



February 24th: EGR Nordics Virtual Awards 2021

February 28th: Global Gaming Awards – shortlist announced

MAY 2021

May 26th: SiGMA Asia Gaming Awards

MARCH 2021   

March 25th: British Academy Games Awards (BAFTA)

March 16th – 20th: SXSW Gaming Awards

March 21st: Writers Guild of America Awards

JUNE 2021

June 29th: ICE London

June TBA: Global Gaming Awards – date to be announced

JULY 2021

July TBA – Game Developers Choice Awards – date to be announced


November TBA: Golden Joystick Awards – date to be announced


Dec 7th: SBC Awards (#SBCAWARDS)

December TBA: The Game Awards – date to be announced

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