Only presenters, nominees and guests get to attend Oscars 2021; surrounding events cancelled

The long-delayed Oscar ceremony, set for April 25, will still be hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Academy announcing a severely restricted attendee plan Monday and cancelling all surrounding in-person events.

In an email written to members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy president David Rubin discussed the restricted audience attendance at the show, which will broadcast from several locations this year, including the Dolby Theatre.

Those attending the awards in person will be capped at “nominees, their guest, and presenters,” Rubin wrote in the e-mail obtained by USA TODAY. The event will be televised for “an audience of millions watching and cheering from all around the world,” he added.

In addition, Rubin wrote that annual celebratory events around the Oscars, such as the Governors Ball, will be cancelled. 

“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,” Rubin wrote. “So we’ve had to make some necessary decisions.”

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