The 2021 Oscars will be awarded “in-person”

OscarsThe 2021 Oscars ceremony will not be going down the Zoom route but instead, will somehow be presented in-person.

Variety reports that an “in-person telecast” will be taking place for the upcoming Academy Awards Ceremony, scheduled for April 25, 2021. So far no details have been revealed about the health and safety protocols that will be implemented in the regular venue for the show, the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A publicist had shared the following on the topic.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has already made a profound impact on the entertainment industry, with many major events that were meant to be held live seeking virtual alternatives. Among the changes already made by the Oscars this year was extending the eligibility timeline from Dec. 31 to Feb. 28, 2021, in addition to having films that premiere on streaming platforms qualify for submission.

Earlier this year, the Emmy Awards ceremony made history by being broadcast via Zoom, with the team coordinating with all the nominees while Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event. This year’s television BAFTAs were likewise held virtually, hosted by Richard Ayoade.

It has not yet been revealed if the nominees will be able or willing to appear in-person for the Oscars ceremony, especially considering several of them, such as Anthony Hopkins, 82; Ellen Burstyn, 88; Sophia Loren, 86; Meryl Streep, 71; David Strathairn, 72; and Yuh-Jung Youn, 73, are particularly vulnerable to the virus due to their advanced age.

Other ceremonies that will be taking place before the Oscars are the following: Golden Globes (Feb. 28), Critics Choice (March 7), SAG (March 14) and BAFTA (April 11).

According to Variety, the Golden Globes, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said in a July 27 press release that the ceremony would air live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But no further details about this have been released so far.