Note: They did not go back to the February date for the show. Keeping it in March is smart considering too late into the year and it becomes useless. Too early and it seems rushed. So, March it is. It appears that if the film was released from January 2021 to April 2021, they are not eligible. They likely were included in 2020, with late dates due to Covid-19, etc.That is explained by the Academy, of course.
Press release below AMPAS
May 27, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE ACADEMY AND ABC SET MARCH 27, 2022 AS NEW SHOW DATE
FOR 94TH OSCARS®
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC today announced the 94th Oscars® ceremony will move to Sunday, March 27, 2022. The show, which will air live on ABC from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, was originally scheduled for February 27, 2022.
The eligibility period for Academy Awards® consideration will return to the standard December 31 deadline: a feature film must have a qualifying release date between March 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. This year, which is still impacted by the pandemic, eligibility requirements for the 94th Academy Awards will be consistent with the addendums made for the 93rd Awards season and can be found here. Complete 94th Awards rules and specialty category submission deadlines will be announced in June. Following this year, the Academy intends to expand the qualifying requirements for the 95th Awards.
Academy key dates for the 2021 Oscar® season are as follows:
General entry categories submission deadline Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
Preliminary voting begins 9 a.m. PT Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
Preliminary voting ends 5 p.m. PT Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021
Oscar Shortlists Announcement Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021
Eligibility period ends Friday, Dec.31, 2021
Governors Awards Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
Nominations voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022
Oscar Nominations Announcement Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022
Oscar Nominees Luncheon Monday, March 7, 2022
Finals voting begins 9 a.m. PT Thursday, March 17, 2022
Finals voting ends 5 p.m. PT Tuesday, March 22, 2022
94th Oscars Sunday, March 27, 2022
All dates for the 94th Academy Awards® are subject to change.
The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.