Earlier this month, Oscar producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher, and Jesse Collins sent a letter to all of the Academy Award nominees. The letter details some of what the Oscars will be like this year, including no option to participate via Zoom, essentially announcing that the winners will receive the gold in person. As much as this sounds like a perfect way to get your Oscar, given the vulnerable nature of where the COVID-19 pandemic will be next month, it could be very ambitious. Well, today it looks like at least a portion of the academy is thinking about at least compromising …
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Rumors are swirling about possible changes in how nominees will accept their Academy Awards, whether they should appear in person, and whether the show will look like the Grammys rotated in various groups of nominees for their categories rather than setting all of the nominees to a full show. Merchants drop each other off with a “exclusivity” of potential moves on the part of the Oscars show’s producers, plus a meeting tomorrow briefed the candidates on looming decisions that could directly affect their attendance. The deadline can definitely confirm that the latter is happening, even as the Academy has consistently said since the first day of the pandemic (when they moved the show two months into its ever-last date of April 25, hoping to avoid the predicament they are in now in) that the situation is “fluid” .
In addition to these problems today, Rochelle Wallinsky, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, warned of her sense of “impending doom” and said that she was “afraid” of a fourth mutation in the wake of the spread of positive new Covid tests on US President Joe Biden asking countries to please repeat Requirements for mandatory mask wearing as the variables and early easing of restrictions are causing new waves of hotspots, something that is already imposing new closures in many European cities and other points in the world where there is currently an unusually large portion of this year’s Oscars nominees.
On March 18, producers Steven Soderberg, Stacy Sher and Jesse Collins issued a letter to all nominees informing them that there would be no Zoom option, as is the case in nearly every other award show in this pandemic-affected season. Instead, the letter indicated that the only way a candidate could accept it (on the show, at least) was to appear in person at Union Station, the new spacious space AMPAS used to ensure social distancing (a Dolby theater would be used for other display elements) – a space they promise to be It will follow strict Covid protocols, such as the extreme measures now being taken in movie and TV footage.
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