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The 2021 Oscars ceremony is going to socially distance from itself.
The 93rd Academy Awards will be held in at least two locations, the Academy announced Monday.
The ceremony will be at the Dolby Theater as originally planned, but also at the iconic Los Angeles railway hub Union Station. The Academy previously suggested the ceremony may include other remote locations as well.
The surprise announcement was made early Monday morning before Oscar nominations were revealed by Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas during a livestream event.
Union Station was built in 1939 and has been the site of many films over the years, including The Dark Knight Rises, Blade Runner, and Pearl Harbor. Dolby Theater has been the site of the Oscars since 2002 (when it was known as the Kodak Theater).
This won’t be the first time the Oscars has been held in two locations, however, as the ceremony was previously held as a bicoastal event for several years during the 1950s.
The Oscars is typically held in February and is being pushed back two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Academy also loosened restrictions on eligibility and is allowing films to compete without having been released in theaters.
Filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and Stacey Sher and Grammys producer Jesse Collins will produce the telecast. No host has been announced.
“In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate,” Academy previously said in a statement.
The Oscars will air April 25 on ABC.
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