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Oscar nominees and guests can attend 2021 ceremony as “essential workers”

Oscar nominees and their accompanying guest will be allowed to attend the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony later this month using an essential worker waiver. 

The ceremony is set to go ahead on April the 25th from Union Station, Los Angeles, and the Dolby Theatre will allow attendance provided nominees and guests provide the necessary documentation and complete quarantining and testing prior to the event.

Earlier this week, Variety revealed a letter that sent out to the nominees who will be in attendance this year. “Those involved in the Oscars production, like nominees and their guest,” the letter reads, “Qualify for the essential work purpose waiver, and therefore are permitted to travel to and from the testing centre, rehearsals, and Academy-organised activities during the lead up to the Oscars production, including, of course, the award show.”

Film and TV production has been deemed essential work throughout the pandemic and seeing as though the ceremony will be broadcast, the event is technically a live film production, thus it can technically be deemed essential work provided protocols are met. 

The letter continued: “Producers have continually maintained that the ceremony is being shot like a movie so implementing essential worker status follows the protocol for film and television shoots during the pandemic.”

The letter goes on to advise those who plan to attend and quarantine measures, stating: “If you travel into Los Angeles County from outside of California, you need to self-quarantine for 10 days after you arrive and may not interact with anyone during those 10 days except the people in your household, i.e. people with whom you live.”

At Far Out we will continue to keep you up to date on the latest Oscar news as well as looking back at the history of the awards.

You can check out a full list of this year’s nominees, here. 

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