In fact, the Academy is moving forward with an in-person ceremony this year. After having postponed the show for two months, the Oscars 2021 are now changing locations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“In this unique year that has asked so much from so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscar like no other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all who will participate,” an Academy spokesperson told ET.
The statement continues: “To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will be streamed live from multiple locations, including the iconic Dolby Theater.”
Details of how they will carry out the broadcast remain to be seen. Probably think of last year’s partially live and partially virtual Emmy Awards, but with less Zoom and no hazmat suits.
The change in where the show will take place comes after delaying the timing of the show – though the 93rd annual Academy Awards was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, in June. , was written until April 25.
At the same time, the Academy extended the window of eligibility for this year’s potential nominees “to provide the flexibility that filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control.” Nominations will be announced on March 15.