Earlier this month, Oscar producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher, and Jesse Collins put out a letter to the entire Academy Award nominees. The letter detailed a few of what the Oscars this yr can be like, together with the dearth of an possibility to participate through Zoom, primarily proclaiming that winners can be getting gold in individual. As a lot as that looks like a perfect solution to obtain your Academy Award, given the tenuous nature of the place the COVID-19 pandemic can be subsequent month, it might have been somewhat overly bold. Effectively, at the moment it looks like there’s no less than some portion of the Academy that’s contemplating discovering on the minimal, a compromise…
Right here’s a few of the story from Deadline:
Rumors are flying concerning doable modifications in how nominees could also be accepting their Oscars, if they have to seem in individual, and whether or not the present will look extra just like the Grammys which rotated in units of various nominees for his or her classes slightly than having all nominees seated for the complete present. Trades are falling over one another with “unique” teases of doable strikes on the a part of the Oscar present producers, in addition to a gathering tomorrow which has knowledgeable nominees of looming choices which will instantly have an effect on their attendance. Deadline can undoubtedly verify that the latter is going on, even because the Academy has constantly stated from day one of many pandemic (once they moved the present again two months to its newest date ever of April 25, in hopes of avoiding the predicament they’re now in) that the state of affairs is “fluid.”
Including to those woes at the moment, CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned of her sense of “impending doom” and stated she “is scared” of a fourth surge within the wake of latest breakouts of constructive Covid assessments across the U.S. President Joe Biden is asking states to please reinstate necessary masks carrying necessities as variants and the early loosening of restrictions are inflicting new waves of hotspots, one thing already forcing new lockdowns in lots of European cities and different factors on the earth the place an unusually giant portion of this yr’s Academy Awards nominees are at present located.
On March 18, producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins issued a letter to all nominees informing them there can be no Zoom possibility, as is the case for nearly each different awards present on this pandemic-affected season. As a substitute, the letter indicated the one approach a nominee would be capable to settle for (on the present, no less than) can be to seem in individual at Union Station, the brand new spacious venue AMPAS is utilizing to insure social distancing (the Dolby Theatre can be used for different present parts) — an area they promise will observe strict Covid protocols, very similar to the acute measures now taken on movie and TV shoots.
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