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This year’s Oscars are the most diverse yet – but is it a Covid anomaly?

Stripped of its prestige and power, this year’s awards season is the weirdest ever. But it could also mark a moment for real change when it comes to celebrating diversity

And the award for weirdest awards season ever goes to … well, there’s no competition, is there? Looking back, Parasite winning the best picture Oscar last year feels like a) half a century ago, and b) the last normal thing that happened before the pandemic turned the entertainment industry upside down. It’s still in the Covid Upside Down, as anyone who sat through this year’s awkward Golden Globes and Grammys ceremonies might have noticed. There is also the fact that it’s early April and we are only just talking about awards season. Usually it’s all over by February, but thanks to this year’s two-month delay, we are barely in the home straight for the Baftas (10 and 11 April), the Oscars (25 April) and the Brits (11 May). It feels like celebrating Easter in June.

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