With only nominees and their companions and without the official subsequent party. These are some of the measures they have taken the Oscars to respect pandemic restrictions without having to opt for a completely virtual ceremony.
Variety magazine published today a letter from the president of the Hollywood Academy, David Rubin, in which he reveals some clues of what the Oscars are preparing for the ceremony on April 25 (it was postponed two months to try to avoid the impact of the coronavirus).
This exclusive from Variety was unveiled on the same day that the Academy announced the nominations for the 93rd edition of the Oscars, in which ‘Mank’ was the most nominated with ten statuette options. ‘Nomadland’, the maximum favorite in this odd awards season, he garnered six nominations. “This year, those who attend the awards in person will be nominees, their companions and presenters“Rubin explained in his letter. This will greatly reduce the number of people who attend the Oscars by eliminating, for example, the tickets that the Academy raffled off among its members to go to the great cinema gala.
Rubin also regretted that this time they will have to do without other events very important and beloved of the Oscars such as the luncheon of the nominees in the previous weeks or the official party (Governor’s Ball) that takes place right after the ceremony. The president of the Academy said that right now the priority is the safety and health of the attendees, but he was confident that the Oscars of the pandemic will be “unique” and “memorable.”
Rubin had announced in the morning during the announcement of the nominations that the awards will be broadcast from two different places: the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (USA), the usual home of the Oscars, and from Union Station, the central station of the city Californian and a novelty this time.
Soderbergh in front
While waiting for all the details of the gala to be finalized one hundred percent, what is confirmed is that Steven Soderbergh will produce this Oscar ceremony with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins. “The upcoming Oscars are the perfect occasion for innovation and to reimagine the possibilities of the awards,” Rubin said in December. “We are equally excited and terrified,” joked Soderbergh, Sher and Collins, who will debut as Oscar producers. “Due to the extraordinary situation we all find ourselves in, there are an opportunity to focus in a new way on movies and the people who make them, and we hope to create a show that really feels like the movies we all love, “they stated.
Collins has produced galas such as the Grammys, while Sher was nominated for an Oscar for best picture for the films ‘Erin Brockovich’ (2000) and ‘Django Unchained’ (2012). For his part, Soderbergh is one of the most respected and prolific filmmakers on the contemporary scene, he won the Oscar for best direction for ‘Traffic’ (2000), and his highly varied filmography includes titles such as ‘Sex, Lies and Videotape’ ( 1989), the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ trilogy (2001, 2004, 2007), or the diptych on Che Guevara ‘Che: Part One’ and ‘Che: Part Two’ (both from 2008).