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Other award ceremonies during this past year have included virtual elements, but the Academy received a backlash when producers said there would be no opportunity to 'Zoom in' to the awards.
Instead, there are set to be venues in the likes of London and Paris where nominees who can't make it to Los Angeles can attend and be filmed for the broadcast - rather than calling virtually from their homes.
But what can we expect from the 2021 Academy Awards - and how much will COVID change Hollywood's big night?
Here, LADbible takes a look at what we know about the 93rd Academy Awards so far...
The show takes place on Sunday, 25 April in Los Angeles.
For UK viewers, that's the early hours of Monday, 26 April, starting at 1am and running until around 4am to 5am.
The ceremony, which was delayed by the pandemic, is taking place across two sites - Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and the Oscars' usual home of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Sky Cinema will air the event in full on its sub-channel Sky Cinema Oscars, followed by a highlights reel on Sky One.
The Sky coverage will also be streamed online through Now.
Although there's a handy loophole for the latter - you can get a seven-day free trial.
Judas and the Black Messiah - a biographical drama about the betrayal of Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in late-1960s Chicago, by FBI informant William O'Neal. Up for six awards.
Mank - a black-and-white picture of golden age La La Land, telling the story of the writing of Citizen Kane by social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman. Leads the way with 10 nominations.
Minari - touching family drama about a Korean family starting a farm in Arkansas in the 1980s, starring Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn. Nominated for six awards.
Nomadland - after losing everything following the recession of the late 2000s, widow Fern (Frances McDormand) begins a journey through the American West in her van, living as a modern-day nomad. Another one up for six awards, and a big winner at the BAFTAs.
Sound Of Metal - Riz Ahmed stars as a drummer who is desperate to return to his old life after losing his hearing. Nominated for six awards.
The Trail of the Chicago 7 - a historical legal drama starring an ensemble cast including Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne, the film follows the Chicago 7, a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Also up for six awards.
The Oscars has a history of comedians hosting, with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres presenting in recent years.
Instead, different stars introduced different sections - a move that went down well and was repeated in 2020, and will be again this year.
"There's so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required," the show's producers said as they announced their star presenters for this year.
Additional presenters will be unveiled before the ceremony.
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