Photo by Tim O'Brien - Oscar set up at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA. This is what it usually looks like as Oscar prep occurs. This year the look will be a bit different. More later to see if the red carpet like this remains in 2021.
The Oscars are not until April 25, but the planning takes a long time. And today (Feb. 10), they released this statement:
“In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate. To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre. We look forward to sharing more details soon.” - AMPAS spokesperson
No need to read that much into this since it has been the case for many events and shows. But, the Oscars will be different.