Academy Award ceremony to move outside

Los Angeles:  The Academy of Motion Pictures
Arts and Sciences has reportedly been planning to shift the
prestigious Oscar awards venue from Kodak Theatre in Hollywood
to Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Having been held at the Kodak Theatre since 2001, the
annual Academy Award ceremony might move to a new venue
outside Hollywood after 2013, said The Hollywood Reporter.

AEG, which operates the LA Live and 7,100-seat Nokia
Theatre, has already been in discussion with the AMPAS about
the issue.

The new venue is said to offer bigger facilities than in
Kodak. It has more seats, better infrastructure, greater
promotional opportunities and other facilities for parties and
press.

“The Academy has not begun venue negotiations for the
Oscar telecast beyond 2013,” a representative said.

This year’s Academy Awards will be presented at the Kodak
Theatre in Hollywood Highland Center on Sunday, February 26.

Hosted by veteran Oscar host Billy Crystal, the ceremony
will be televised live by the ABC Television Network in more
than 225 countries worldwide.

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