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‘Academy Awards’ to be scaled back with only nominees

Islamabad-Like every other award shows this year, the Oscars are being scaled back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And recently, the president of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences, spelled out just how different the event will be. 

In a letter emailed to the Academy’s nearly 10,000 members, David Rubin confirmed that only presenters and nominees with a plus one will be present in person for the telecast. Rubin wrote: ‘Though we’d hoped the pandemic would be more in our rearview mirror by the month of April, the health and safety of our members and Oscar nominees are our primary concern, so we’ve had to make some necessary decisions about some of our highly anticipated Oscar-week events.’ It had already been announced that the 93rd Academy Awards will come from two locations – from its usual home at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre and from the historic Union Station in Downtown LA. Presumably having two venues means that the nominees, presenters and crew can be spread out between both places, enabling adequate social distancing. 

In addition to there being no audience, Rubin revealed that all the usual events that surround the awards show are also being scrapped.

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