For those wondering if this strange new year for the Oscars could lead to them having a host for the first time since the 2018 ceremony three years ago, it seems that we have our answer.
Deadline is reporting that the 2021 Oscars will be the third year in a row without a host. While the Academy has not commented on this as of yet, this decision would make sense for a multitude of reasons.
For starters, the decision to not have a host for the 2019 awards, where Green Book won the Best Picture prize, was so well received that they did it again for last year’s ceremony, which saw Parasite come out the big winner.
Then, of course, there’s the elephant in the room, which is the awkwardness of trying to figure out a hosting situation during a pandemic. While other shows like the Emmys and Golden Globes have done their best, it certainly presents its challenges, as we saw with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s stint at the Globes, and perhaps not having a host is the most practical decision they could make.
This news is coming soon after the email that was posted from ceremony producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh, which insisted that nominees and presenters are required to attend the ceremony in order to be included, and there will be no Zoom option for those choosing not to attend.
With word that producers have sent out offers to talent in the hopes that they will come to Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles to present the awards, we’ll have to wait and see how many people are actually willing to physically show up, no matter how many promises the producers make that they’re going to be conducting the ceremony as safely as possible.
There’s just over a month to go until the April 25th ceremony is set to take place, which means these decisions are coming down to the wire, and we still don’t have a clear vision of what this year’s unprecedented ceremony is going to actually look like. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any further updates as they come in.