This year’s Oscars will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for most people present at the show – but not for the performers and presenters, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided Thursday that nominees and guests must present proof of vaccination and two negative PCR tests, as first reported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. New York Times. But while a production like the Oscars has the option of mandating vaccinations for its cast and crew, the Academy would rely solely on testing for presenters and performers, following safety procedures. COVID-19 as set forth by the LA County Department of Health.
This is a change from the policy CHEAP was first reported on February 9, in which the Academy does not plan to require proof of vaccination for nominees and guests. Face covering requirements will also vary, depending on Times, with some of the 2,500 guests at the Dolby Theater being allowed not to wear masks and others seated in tighter positions still wearing masks. Nominees and guests will be seated in areas of the theater without masks.
Other major awards leading up to the Oscars all require 100% of attendees to be vaccinated, including the SAG Awards (February 27) and Critics’ Choice Awards (March 13). ). Joey Berlin, COO of the Critics’ Choice Association, previously said CHEAP“We will be 100% vaccinated and request a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event. I can’t invite people to a show where they won’t feel safe.”
The Oscars ceremony will take place on March 27.
—Aaron Couch contributed to this story.