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Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 Oscars

From pandemic precautions to presenters, performers, and why no one will be wearing a mask.

After months of anticipation, the Oscars will finally be taking place this Sunday, April 25. But there's one major difference between this year's ceremony and other shows that have taken place during the pandemic: Attendees won't be wearing masks.

The show, which will air live from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, is being "treated as a TV/film production," so masks will not be required for people on camera.

A photo of Union Station which is surrounded by palm trees
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However, guests are expected to wear masks when filming isn't taking place, like during commercial breaks, and attendees will be rotated on and off camera throughout the evening, according to Variety.

A photo of a dining table at a prior Oscars reception
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Guests will also be subjected to temperature checks and at least three COVID tests in the days leading up to the ceremony.

The show is set to air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC and will be available to stream on ABC's website if you sign in with a participating TV provider.

A photo of the Oscars statue
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AT&T TV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV all carry ABC in most US cities and will also be streaming the show.

The ceremony will be without a host, as it has been for the past several years. The event was most recently hosted by Jimmy Kimmel back in 2018.

Jimmy Kimmel onstage at a previous Oscars
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"The upcoming Oscars will not have a single host, and producers have made offers to talent they hope will come in to present the categories," Deadline reported. "The plan is for high-profile presenters to deal out the awards on a rotating basis."

And although there will be no host, there will be plenty of presenters, including Zendaya, Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, and Angela Bassett.

Performances will be pretaped and will air as part of the Oscars: Into the Spotlight preshow, which will air an hour and a half before the ceremony.

This year's Oscar nominations are led by Mank, which is up for 10 awards. Here's who else got a nod from the academy:

Best Picture

The Father

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

Minari

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

Thomas Vinterberg — Another Round

David Fincher — Mank

Lee Isaac Chung — Minari

Chloé Zhao — Nomadland

Emerald Fennell — Promising Young Woman

Best Actor

Riz Ahmed — Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins — The Father

Gary Oldman — Mank

Steven Yeun — Minari

Best Actress

Viola Davis — Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day — The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby — Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand — Nomadland

Carey Mulligan — Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen — The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya — Judas and the Black Messiah

Leslie Odom Jr. — One Night in Miami

Paul Raci — Sound of Metal

LaKeith Stanfield — Judas and the Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova — Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close — Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman — The Father

Amanda Seyfried — Mank

Youn Yuh-jung — Minari

Best Costume Design

Emma

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Mulan

Pinocchio

Best Score

Da 5 Bloods

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Soul

Best Adapted Screenplay

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Father

Nomadland

One Night in Miami

The White Tiger

Best Original Screenplay

Judas and the Black Messiah

Minari

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Animated Feature Film

Onward

Over the Moon

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul

Wolfwalkers

Best Original Song

"Fight for You" from Judas and the Black Messiah

"Hear My Voice" from The Trial of the Chicago 7

"Husavik" from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

“Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead

"Speak Now" from One Night in Miami

Best Visual Effects

Love and Monsters

The Midnight Sky

Mulan

The One and Only Ivan

Tenet

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma

Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

Pinocchio

Best Achievement in Sound

Greyhound

Mank

News of the World

Soul

Sound of Metal

Best Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mank

News of the World

Nomadland

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Film Editing

The Father

Nomadland

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Production Design

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Mank

News of the World

Tenet

Best International Feature Film

Another Round

Better Days

Collective

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best Animated Short Film

Burrow

Genius Loci

If Anything Happens I Love You

Opera

Yes-People

Best Live-Action Short Film

Feeling Through

The Letter Room

The Present

Two Distant Strangers

White Eye

Best Documentary Feature

Collective

Crip Camp

The Mole Agent

My Octopus Teacher

Time

Best Documentary Short Subject

Colette

A Concerto Is a Conversation

Do Not Split

Hunger Ward

A Love Song for Latasha

BuzzFeed will be covering the show all evening, so be sure to check back for highlights from the ceremony!

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