With red carpets rolled up, the Oscar race goes virtual

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Tom Hanks arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2020. Hollywood’s awards season has gone virtual. This time of year would normally be flush with splashy premieres, cocktail parties and star-studded screening. This year, Oscar campaigns are having to make do with virtual Q&As and home-delivered gift baskets (Photo by Jordan Strauss).

NEW YORK (AP) — This year, Hollywood’s awards season is operating in a strange COVID-19 vacuum with only a whiff of the stuff it thrives on: buzz. Oscar season is pushing ahead, despite the pandemic and a year where most of the biggest releases were postponed. The timetable has shifted two months. The Academy Awards are to be held April 25. Awards season, such as it is, has gone virtual. The Oscar race will Zoomed. The pandemic also has undoubtedly reshuffled the usual kinds of movies in the race. Many of the films that might have been among the favorites have been postponed. That’s left open positions for smaller films that might have had to fight harder for the spotlight.