Everything Should be Virtual Until COVID-19 is Eliminated


Why is this even up for a debate? We should be making plans, right now, to hold virtual gatherings and keep people safe for as long as it takes to get to a point where everyone is safely vaccinated. 

There will be no “virtual” Oscars.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” a rep from the Academy and ABC tells Variety exclusively.

This year, the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences moved their annual telecast back two months to April 25, 2021, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sources inside the Oscars say that by pushing the awards ceremony back, the Academy hoped that theaters would be open again in the spring, thus allowing for more movies to compete in the annual celebration of the year’s best films.

But even if movie theaters stay closed, by holding the Oscars later in spring, organizers are now focusing to make sure that the event continues as it always has live. That may still create some questions as to exactly how many people are allowed inside the 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where the ceremony traditionally takes place.

There is no reason to risk anyone's life. The Academy Awards, and everything else like it, should be held virtually.

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