This year’s Acadamy Awards will not require its Hollywood celebrity guests to provide proof of vaccination when they attend the exclusive ceremony.
As news broke of the double standards for the Oscars, Twitter was flooded with allegations of elitism and hypocrisy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their plan not to mandate proof of vaccination (with or without a booster) in order to attend this year’s in-person Oscars ceremony.
Instead, attendees of the March 27 event will only need to provide a negative Covid test on the day of the ceremony, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As it has done in the past, this year’s Oscars will take place at Dolby Theatre.
Last year’s event was held at Los Angeles’ Union Station and had strict Covid testing requirements.
This was prior to vaccines being free and widely available, the publication reported.
The report notes that The Academy requires all of its employees to be vaccinated with rare medical exemptions.
Twitter users showed up in force with strong opinions on this turn of events.
“And the Oscar for Hypocrisy goes to…,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) commented while retweeting the article.
And the Oscar for Hypocrisy goes to… https://t.co/brd4JNBIhN
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 10, 2022
“I bet it will be for ‘the help.’” Cernovich said in response to the “COVID-19 Vaccination Will Not Be Required for In-Person Attendees” headline.
“SURPRISE: Elites Think They’re Special And Don’t Need A COVID Vaccine Mandate,” another Twitter user shared.
The event was already facing criticism for once again nominating obscure, “woke,” serious films and skipping over blockbuster movies for yet another year.
Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel shared his thoughts on the phenomenon, saying, “How did [‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’] not get one of the 10 nominations for best picture?”
“Forget the fact that the movie made $750 million and is still going.
“This was a great movie. It wasn’t in the top 10 best movies of the year?
“There were three Spider-Men in it.
“You’re telling me ‘Don’t Look Up’ was better than ‘Spider-Man?’ It most certainly was not,” Kimmel continued.
“Even if you go by the critics reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, ‘Don’t Look Up’ got a 46% and ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ has 90%.
“For God’s sake, ‘Jackass Forever’ has an 89%.
“Why do best picture nominees have to be serious?
“When did that become a prerequisite for getting nominated for an Academy Award?”
The comedian expressed what so many others have said before about the Oscars and how snooty they are.
“You wanna know what happened?” Kimmel said.
“Voters looked at the list and saw the names Leonardo DiCaprio and Meryl Streep and they checked the box and then they put their kids in the car and went to see the movie ‘Spider-Man.’
“And they loved it!
“But they didn’t vote for it.”