Oscars May Loosen In-Person Requirements - Report

More details about allowances for COVID-19 precautions are expected to be announced on Tuesday.


The 2021 Oscars ceremony is reportedly expected to start walking back its recently announced strict in-person requirements, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While producers detailed a vision for a "safe, carefree evening" at "an intimate, in-person event" taking place and also airing on ABC on April 25, the announcement sparked some backlash.

Among those pushing back were nominees and film distributors who "expressed concerns about the quarantine requirements on both sides of travel, which would come with significant financial burdens." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, has seemingly heard these concerns and have contacted nominees directly for a planned Tuesday morning "conversation with show producers" on Zoom, where "updates about the show" will be shared--which is expected to also include options to participate remotely.

While some form of the show is expected to go on regardless--this is show business, after all--Variety is indicating that producers "are weighing a plan that would rotate nominees and presenters" during the ceremony. The idea would be similar to and also draw inspiration from this year's Grammy awards, where pods of performers and nominees circulated in and out every 45 minutes. The Academy has neither confirmed or denied these plans, but more details are expected after Tuesday's Zoom meeting.

You can see the full list of categories and nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards over here.

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