Oscars 2021: It’s time to face reality and cancel the show
James Bond has packed away his tuxedo for another year. Judging by what’s happened to movies during the pandemic, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ought to emulate him. Unless all Americans are miraculously vaccinated soon, it’s time to face up to reality and cancel the 93rd Oscars.
The entertainment industry is in the business of selling fantasy and escapism. That’s been harder to do both literally, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down theatres and halted movie production, and metaphorically, as the crisis has stretched on.