The Oscar remain committed to a live in-person telecast for 2021, but it will officially look different than ever before.
Having already delayed the annual awards gala by two months due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that this year’s Academy Awards ceremony would be held live from multiple locations.
A statement from an Academy spokesperson read as follows:
- “In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate. To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre (the traditional home of the Oscars). We look forward to sharing more details soon.”
The Academy has yet to clarify if multiple locations also means multiple cities, or if they’ll all be in the greater Los Angeles area. They also did not hint at how extravagantly produced each site may be, or if all sites will have sizable if smaller, socially-distanced crowds of their own.
As it relates to attendees, it will be interesting to see if the Academy will require presenters and guests to commit to some form of pre-Oscars “bubble” so as to ensure that all people in attendance will be COVID free.
Also, a host has yet to be named, although producers may choose to go without one for another show. That approach has been well-received the past two years.
As the statement said, more details to come.
A host has yet to be named, although they may choose to go another year without one. That approach has been well-received the past two years.
The 93rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday April 25, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST, broadcast live on ABC.