The 2021 Oscars will be an in-person event: report

By Heather Cichowski

The 2021 Oscars will be an in-person event: report

The 2021 awards season is coming up, and reports suggest the finale of awards season, the Oscars, will be an in-person event.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” a representative from the Academy and ABC told Variety.

In June, it was reported the 2021 Academy Awards would be postponed until April due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 93rd Academy Awards were moved from Feb. 28 to April 25 because of concerns due to COVID-19. There was hope that with a later awards season, there could be the possibility of an in-person ceremony.

The Academy Awards are typically hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, which has a 3,400 seat capacity.

(L-R) Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger and Brad Pitt pose with their awards inside The Press Room of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hollywood. Photo: © Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

It's not known what restrictions would be put in place at the event or what the COVID-19 regulations in California or the United States would be at the time, or how a potential coronavirus vaccine would factor into things. But Variety reports the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has surveyed the Dolby Theatre and is making plans.

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Several other awards shows have also pushed back their 2021 dates. In June, the British Academy of Film and Television Artssaid that the 2021 BAFTAs would be moved from February to April 11.

Generally, the Golden Globes are the official kickoff of awards season and they happen at the start of January. The 2021 Golden Globes have already been postponed to Feb. 28 because of COVID-19. According to the announcement, the ceremony will air live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 64 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 191 countries and regions, with nearly 14 million in the United States.

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