The Academy has said that the 2021 Oscars will be an ‘in-person’ event after the coronavirus pandemic caused a huge amount of 2020’s awards shows to be conducted virtually. The 93rd Academy Awards have been postponed from February until April. However, a spokesperson said in a statement to Variety: ‘The Oscars in-person telecast will happen.’
It’s unclear what form an in-person ceremony will take – whether there will be any kind of audience, or if it will take its lead from other awards shows, including the Emmys, which featured stars hosting in person, but nominees appearing via video link and a live stream instead of an audience.
Since 2002, the Academy Awards have been hosted at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, which has a seating capacity of 3,400. Earlier this year it was announced the awards would be postponed, with Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson releasing a statement saying: ‘For over a century, movies have played an important role in comforting, inspiring, and entertaining us during the darkest of times.
‘They certainly have this year. Our hope, in extending the eligibility period and our Awards date, is to provide the flexibility filmmakers need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something beyond anyone’s control.
‘This coming Oscars and the opening of our new museum will mark an historic moment, gathering movie fans around the world to unite through cinema.’ The delay has also meant more films have time to be completed and nominated, meaning a change in the eligibility rules.
The Academy website confirmed the eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration has been extended beyond the standard December 31 deadline: a feature film must have a qualifying release date between January 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. The 2020 Oscars was one of the only awards shows to go ahead as planned this year, taking place in early February, before the effects of the pandemic were fully felt.
Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite won best picture, while Renee Zellweger landed the best actress award for her role in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix, meanwhile, scooped up the best actor statuette for his role in Joker.
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