The Academy put on a big, in-person, indoor Oscars show at Union Station in Los Angeles despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Other award shows like the Grammys modified the way they're conducted for COVID-19 safety). According to Variety, attendees were controversially asked not to wear masks on camera.
Here’s what we know about the Oscar producers’ mask policy and what they're doing for COVID-19 safety.
Celebs were told last week not to wear masks on camera.
Variety wrote that the request was made Monday morning “during a Zoom meeting with Academy reps and nominees, and studio and personal publicists.” An Academy staffer explained to them that “because the ceremony…is being treated as a TV/film production, masks are not required for people on camera,” the outlet wrote. When attendees are not on camera, they have been asked to put on masks.
Union Station was authorized to hold up to 170 guests at a time during the Oscars broadcast, and audience members were changed out throughout the show.
Guests were COVID-tested multiple times Oscar week and went through a mandatory temperature check on Oscar night.
Some COVID screening protocol is in place. Variety reports that guests went through a mandatory temperature check. During Oscar week, attendees were required to take at least three COVID-19 tests before the show.