The 93rd Academy Awards will be held in person, a spokesperson for AMPAS has confirmed.
Variety’s Clayton Davis reports that the Oscars, scheduled for April 25, 2021, will be held at the Dolby Theater, rather than virtually. The Dolby Theater, located in Hollywood, has a seating capacity of 3400. It is not yet know what the protocols will be for an in-person event, or how many guests will be invited to attend.
An awards publicist told Davis, “The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options.”
In June, AMPAS decided to extend the eligibility period for the 93rd Academy Awards. The deadline of December 31, 2020 was moved to February 28, 2021, as one studio after another pushed back their films’ release dates in response to shutdowns that affected productions as well as distribution.
The Academy also suspended the rule requiring films to be released theatrically in order to be eligible for consideration. While the final list of eligible titles will not be revealed for some time, early indications are that this year will see a record number of submissions. Recently, the IFP announced that they had seen some 200 more entries in 2020 than in 2019.
AMPAS has not yet announced whether they plan to have a host this year. The last two ceremonies have been hostless, which has led to mixed reactions from members and fans.
Also unknown at this time is the status of other televised precursor awards ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Each organization is currently planning an in-person ceremony, but with the current pandemic-related restrictions, it remains to be seen how or if they will be able to move forward in a traditional way.
What we do know is that, as of now, the show will go on April 25, 2021.
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