The Oscars 2021 will remain a live event this year, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It has also been announced that the live event will take place in multiple locations. The Academy Awards will be very different this year, which people have known for quite some time. Many have wondered if it could happen, but the Academy is moving forward and adapting every step of the way.
Previously, the Academy postponed the date of the ceremony until April 25, in which other award shows followed suit. In addition to pushing back the date, the Academy also extended its window of eligibility for films that were unable to be released in theaters. Most movies have seen short theatrical windows followed by digital and VOD releases. You can read a statement from an Academy spokesperson below.
“In this unique year that has asked so much from so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscar like no other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all who will participate. To create the show in person for our global audience wants to see While adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will be broadcast live from various locations, including the iconic Dolby Theater. We look forward to sharing more details soon. “
Contagion Director Steven Soderbergh is set to produce the Oscar telecast alongside Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher. As for the other locations where the ceremony will take place, that’s unclear, but one can imagine that they will have a venue on the east coast in an effort to cut down on travel. That being said, we are still over two months away from broadcast and a lot can change in the time period.
In its current form, movie theaters in North America are largely closed and have been since March of last year. The public health crisis continues to delay productions, sporting events, and more, and many 2021 films await a hybrid release. Warner Bros. is bringing its 2021 movies to theaters and HBO Max simultaneously, though theaters may be able to reopen this summer or possibly fall, according to analysts. The Academy is monitoring the situation closely to see how they can include films, while creating a safe environment for the ceremony.
Voting for the Academy Awards will take place on March 5. Nominations will be announced on Monday, March 15, and the ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 25. The Golden Globes will air on February 28 with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting separate hosts from New York and Los Angeles, respectively. For now, both ceremonies try to make something entertaining, while following strict security protocols at the same time. Weekly entertainment was one of the first outlets to confirm that the Oscar 2021 ceremony will be live and will take place in multiple locations.