2021 AFI Awards Pushed Back to February

20th Annual AFI Awards - Brad Pitt, Margaret Qualley, and Leonardo DiCaprio - Getty-H 2019
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Brad Pitt, Margaret Qualley and Leonardo DiCaprio attend the 20th annual AFI Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Jan. 3, 2020.

The 21st AFI Awards, which will honor the best film and TV achievements of 2020, will be held later in 2021 than expected, the American Film Institute announced Monday.

The event, which usually takes place during the first week of January, will be held on Feb. 26, 2021. It is not yet clear whether the event will be held in-person or virtually.

"AFI Awards celebrates the best in the art of the moving image, and we look forward to honoring the films and artists who have inspired and entertained us during these unprecedented times," Bob Gazzale, AFI's president and CEO, said in a statement. "Now more than ever, we need to shine a light on art that drives culture forward."

The AFI Awards honors creative teams as a whole, recognizing those in front of and behind the camera. Selections are made through a jury process where AFI Trustees, scholars, artists and critics determine the year's most outstanding achievements and provide contextual rationales for each selection.