Oscars 2021 to have an in-person ceremony

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After almost a year of social distancing and holding all kinds of events remotely, it looks like The Academy plans to actually have the 2021 ceremony in person, in front of a live audience! Instead, and despite speculations, the 93 Academy Awards will host nominees albeit with precautions, reports Variety.

Since the March lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled the film industry, with movie theatres closed and production halted. Sources contained in the Oscars say that by pushing the awards ceremony again, the Academy hoped that theaters could be open once more in the spring, thus permitting for extra motion pictures to compete in the annual celebration of the yr's greatest movies.

It is to be mentioned here that the Television's Emmy Awards in September were a virtual-only ceremony.

The Academy is finding a way to host the 2021 Academy Awards in person next year. The ceremony is usually held at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, which has a capacity of 3,400.

In a statement to Variety, a representative for the Academy and the ABC network which broadcasts the ceremony, said: "The Oscars in-person telecast will happen".

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The Oscars have been pushed back to April 25, 2021, due to the pandemic.

"The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options", an awards publicist familiar with the situation added. A feature film must now have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021. While the show plans to go forward with an in person telecast, there will likely still be restrictions limiting the number of people allowed to attend in place.

Specific plans have not been announced for other major awards shows, including the February 28 Golden Globes, the March 7 Critics Choice Awards and the March 14 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

However, it is yet to be confirmed what safety procedures will be put in place for several upcoming award shows.

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