LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Oscars 2021 will be organized as an "in-person telecast," instead of a virtual event, according to a report from U.S. entertainment industry magazine Variety.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had moved the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to April 25, 2021, and hoped that theaters would be open again in the spring, thus allowing for more films to compete in the awards, the report said Tuesday.
The Academy Awards are traditionally held at the 3,400-seater Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, but because of the pandemic the number of people allowed to attend is unclear, it said.
"The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options," the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.
The film industry has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus with theaters closed and production halted since the March lockdowns.