Academy confirms 'in-person telecast' for 2021 Oscars

By RADIO.COM

Despite the virtual nature of many events in the foreseeable future, the 2021 Oscars will be held in person.

According to Variety, a rep from the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences and ABC said, "The Oscars in-person telecast will happen."

The upcoming Oscars had previously been pushed back two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, landing the iconic awards show night on April 25, 2021, allowing for more movies to compete in light of the hopeful opening of movie theaters.

Should the movie theaters stay closed, the Academy is hopeful that they will be able to hold their normal, in-person event. That said, it is unclear how many people will be permitted inside the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles the night of the event.

An awards publicist familiar with the situation said, "The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options."

Safety protocols are likely to be introduced for the ceremony, but it is currently unclear what they will be.

A representative from Dolby Theater declined to comment, Variety reports.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide shutdown of movie theaters, the Academy has opted for a longer eligibility period for films. Now, films that are released by February 28, 2021 will be up for 2021 Oscars as opposed to the previous December 31, 2020 cutoff date.

This year, the Emmys, which were broadcast in September, opted for a hybrid model which featured host Jimmy Kimmel in person while many nominees watched from their homes.

At the moment, it's not clear how many nominees will choose to attend the 2021 Oscars.

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