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The Oscars will be happening on April 26 (SGT) this year. Here's everything you need to know before the big show

After a delay of almost two months, the highly-anticipated Oscars 2021 ceremony will finally be taking place on April 26 (SGT). While most award shows such as the Emmys and the Golden Globes have gone virtual due to the pandemic, the Oscars will remain an in-person event. 

Attendance will be limited however to only the nominees themselves, their guests, and the presenters.

To accommodate nominees who cannot fly in for the ceremony, the organisers will be setting up European "hubs" in certain cities such as Paris or London to allow nominees to participate almost in person. They will likely announce more locations in the coming weeks. 

To prepare yourself for the upcoming Oscars, we answer some of your most pressing questions. 

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Where can I watch the 2021 Oscars ceremony?

If you are watching from Singapore, local broadcasting station Mediacorp will be airing the 93rd Annual Academy Awards live on Channel 5 and through Mewatch on April 26.

The coverage will start at 6.30 am (SGT) with red carpet arrivals and will be followed by the main show at 8 am. This will be the second year that Mediacorp is streaming the Oscars live. 

If you are unable to catch the show live, Channel 5 will be airing a same-day encore at 6 pm on April 26 with the main show being repeated at 10.30 pm. 

The telecast will also be available on Mewatch until May 19. 

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Who are the nominees?

This year, the Oscars promise to be a diverse and widely exciting one with women and Asians in prominent places on the nominee lists. 

For the first time in the 93 years that the Oscars has been running, two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, have been nominated for Best Director in one year. They are the sixth and seventh women to ever appear in this category. Zhao is also the first woman of colour to be nominated in this category. 

Steven Yeun, who starred in the film Minari, based on a Korean-American family who moves into a farm in Arkansas, is also the first Asian-American nominee in the Best Actor category.

Black actors are also on many of the lists this year with Viola Davis earning a nomination for her role in Mother of Blues and the late Chadwick Boseman receiving one for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The biopic on the life and death of Fred Hampton, a Black Panther leader and activist, Judas and the Black Messiah, has also been nominated for Best Picture. 

For a full list of the nominees, visit the Oscars official website.

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Who will be hosting the Oscars?

Till today, there has been no word on who will be hosting the Oscars. If there is no host, this will be the third consecutive year that the awards show has gone without a presenter. 

Celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas had earlier announced this year's Oscar's nominees.

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Who will be directing the show?

On March 19, show producers, Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh, announced that Glenn Weiss would be returning to direct the 93rd Oscars. 

Weiss has directed five previous Oscar shows for which he won two Primetime Emmy awards as well as numerous live televised events. 

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