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How Oscars Are Rewriting The Pandemic Playbook: Nominees Must Show Up, No Zoom Allowed

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A lot of Hollywood awards shows, like the Emmys, have been virtual this year.

But the Academy Awards are rewriting the pandemic playbook, and the ceremony’s producers have sent an email to nominees detailing what the April 25th show will look like.

The upshot: If you’re nominated, you’d better show up. You won’t be able to join online.

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“We are going to great lengths to provide a safe and enjoyable for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of film fans around the world,” the email to nominees said, “and we feel the virtual thing will diminish those efforts.”

The ceremony mainly will be staged at Downtown L.A’s Union Station. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said it will be like “an active movie set,” with COVID-19 testing and safety protocols.

For those who still might worry about attending the Oscars or who have scheduling conflicts, the academy was blunt: No Zoom. No exceptions.

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