Academy confirms the Oscars 2021 will not take place virtually

It’s time to glam up after a yearlong of being at home, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that the Oscars 2021 will not be taking place virtually, and will instead be a traditional in-person ceremony.

Sources inside the Oscars revealed to Variety that by pushing the awards ceremony back, the Academy hoped that theatres would be open again in the spring, thus allowing for more movies to compete in the annual celebration of the year’s best films.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” a rep for the Academy and ABC, which airs the show, said. “The academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options.”

The awards show was postponed and moved to April 25, 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, mostly in the hopes that theatres would reopen so more films would be eligible. Instead, it amended rules, making streaming-only films eligible for the first time ever.

The 2021 Golden Globes were also pushed back, and now they’ll be taking place on Feb. 28. Typically, the show is the first to kick off awards season and held on the first Sunday of the calendar year. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced in July that the show would be live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.


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