Oscars ceremony in April to be an in-person event from many locations

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This year’s Academy Awards (Oscars) ceremony in April will be an in-person event that will air live from multiple locations.

A spokesperson for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that despite the coronavirus pandemic that has caused havoc in the entertainment industry, the group was “determined to present an Oscars like none other while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.”

“To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre.”

The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has been the venue for the Oscars show for a number of years. Normally, hundreds of the world’s top movie stars would gather in the 3 400-seat theater for a live show preceded by a red carpet packed with photographers and camera crews.

Wednesday’s statement said more details would be forthcoming. No host has been announced.

California on Tuesday surpassed New York as the US state with the most coronavirus deaths and the Los Angeles area has been particularly badly hit.

The Academy re-scheduled the 2021 Oscar ceremony, the highest awards in the movie industry from February 28 to April 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Other awards shows in recent months have replaced the usual gatherings at gala dinners and on stage with pre-recorded appearances or virtual events.

The Grammy Awards in January postponed its ceremony to March just three weeks before the scheduled date after talks with health experts and musicians.

The delayed Golden Globes ceremony for film and television on February 28 will take part in both Los Angeles and New York with nominees taking part from locations around the world, organizers said last week.