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Academy Awards will not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admittance. Insiders say it's kowtowing to 'anti-vaxxers.'

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The Oscars will not require attendees to provide proof of vaccination in order to attend the 94th Academy Awards.

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday item from the Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will not mandate proof of vaccination to attend this year's ceremony.

Instead, the organization intends to require a negative PCR test or negative rapid antigen test on the day of the big event.

"Some industry insiders have speculated that the Academy is being less stringent than it could be because more than a few high-profile industry figures — including at least one of last year’s acting winners and prominent members of the casts of multiple best picture nominees, as well as nominees in other categories — would otherwise be precluded from attending the Oscars," the outlet reported.

The Academy has not yet publicly released its official COVID-19 policy for awards night.

"[U]nless it significantly changes between now and showtime, the organization can expect considerable blowback from some members of the community," the Reporter continued. "'Shocking' is how one highly connected industry insider ... described the Oscars' willingness to accommodate anti-vaxxers."

The Academy declined to comment for the Hollywood Reporter's article.

What else?

Contrarily, attendees of the Screen Actors Guild Awards — which is set for Feb. 27 — will be required to provide proof of vaccination plus eligible booster and more.

“All ticketed attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination plus booster shot (if eligible), proof of negative lab-based COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of event, and negative antigen (rapid) test the day of the event,” read a statement from a SAG representative.

The Critics Choice Awards, which air on March 13, will also require attendees to be "100 percent vaccinated" and "require a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the event."

Joey Berlin, COO of the Critics Choice Association, told the outlet that he can't, in good faith, "invite people to a show where they're not going to feel safe."

A report from Deadline corroborated the Reporter's story and noted that it remains unclear how large the ceremony's crowd will be.

According to the report, the Los Angeles County Public Heath Department currently requires masks at all "mega-events," which are defined as having 500 attendees or more, and has stated “masks are required to be worn by everyone, 2 years age and older, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, in ... all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, public and private businesses.”

The Oscars will be televised from Hollywood's Dolby Theater on March 27.

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