The Oscars in April will be a face-to-face event that will be broadcast live from multiple locations, organizers said on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that despite the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc on the entertainment industry, the group was “ determined to present Oscars like no other other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all who participate.
“To create the in-person show that our global audience wants to see, while also adapting to the demands of the pandemic, the ceremony will be broadcast live from multiple locations, including the famous Dolby Theater.”
The Dolby Theater in Hollywood has been hosting the Oscars show for several years. Normally, hundreds of the world’s biggest movie stars gathered in the 3,400-seat theater for a live performance preceded by a red carpet filled with photographers and camera crews.
Wednesday’s statement said more details would be provided. No host has been announced.
California surpassed New York on Tuesday as the US state with the most coronavirus deaths, and the Los Angeles area was particularly hard hit.
The Academy has rescheduled the 2021 Oscars, the film industry’s highest accolades, from February 28 to April 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other awards shows in recent months have replaced the usual gala dinner and stage gatherings with pre-recorded appearances or virtual events.
The Grammy Awards in January postponed its ceremony to March just three weeks ahead of schedule after talks with health experts and musicians.
The delayed Golden Globes for film and television on February 28 will take place in Los Angeles and New York with nominees from around the world, organizers said last week.
Nominations for the 2021 Oscars will be announced on March 15.
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