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Oscars will be in-person ceremony, no Zoom attendance allowed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): The Oscars ceremony which is scheduled next month will be an intimate, in-person gathering, held without Zoom.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone will be tested, and there will be a COVID-19 safety team on-site throughout the evening on 25th April.  “There will not be an option to Zoom in for the show,” producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher said in a note to the more than 200 nominees this year.

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

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Normally, hundreds of the world’s top movie stars would gather in the 3,400-seat theatre for a live show preceded by a red carpet packed with photographers and camera crews. Other awards show in recent months have replaced the usual gatherings at gala dinners and on stage with pre-recorded appearances or virtual events or a combination.

Moreover, nominations for the Oscars were recently announced. Here’s a list of all the nominees:

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7