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The 2021 Oscars ceremony is still going ahead this year, albeit in a slightly different format due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and having been delayed by two months.

There’s a greatly reduced attendee list, with 170 guests expected to arrive on Sunday at the Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

In March, producers issued all nominees with strict instructions that participants could only attend the ceremony in person and dressed in “a fusion of the Inspirational and Aspirational”.

Actors have been deemed “essential workers” with presenters and nominees not required to wear face masks during the broadcast.

However the quarantine periods required for international nominees for the Hollywood trip would have thrown those film productions currently shooting into chaos.

The Academy is instead setting up satellite “hubs” in locations including London for nominees with an assurance that the video quality will be superior to Zoom.

Here’s how you can watch the live stream and what else you need to know about the coverage.

When is the 2021 Oscars ceremony? 

The ceremony for the 93rd Academy Awards takes place on 25 April in the US airing live on US TV station ABC at 8pm Eastern Daylight Time (midnight on April 26 UK time).

The show is expected to last three hours, and will see 23 competitive awards given out.

How can I watch the 2021 Oscars in the UK?

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 TV.

Existing Sky TV customers can sign up to Sky Cinema for £11 a month, or you can pay £11.99 a month for Now’s Sky Cinema Pass – or test out a seven-day free trial.

When does the red carpet coverage start?

The red carpet at the 93rd Academy Awards is confirmed to be “teeny tiny.”

Speaking to USAToday, producer and organiser Stacey Sher said: “It’s not a traditional [Oscar] red carpet, it’s a teeny-tiny red carpet.

“It’s a very small footprint for safety reasons, obviously.”

The red carpet coverage will be featured on the Oscars pre-show on ABC at 6:30 pm, and will be hosted by Ariana DeBose and Lil Rel Howery.

Will nominees actually attend the 2021 Oscars ceremony?

The producers are urging nominees to show up at what they call “an intimate, in-person event”, and Zoom participation is limited.

Only nominees, along with one guest, and the presenters will be invited to the scaled-down LA ceremony.

Those taking part will have at least two Covid tests before the ceremony, and guests attending from outside the US will have to quarantine for the required ten days, as well as taking two tests.

Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, there are arranged satellite hubs around the world, including in London and Paris, for international nominees.

Organisers are also enlisting celebrities for video interviews to be taped ahead of time and broadcast during the show.

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