Earlier this month Oscar producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins sent a letter to all Oscar nominees. The letter detailed what the Oscars would look like this year, including the lack of an option to enter via Zoom, essentially announcing that the winners would receive gold in person. As ideal as this may be to win your Oscar, given the dire straits of the COVID-19 pandemic next month, it may have been a little too ambitious. Well, today there seems to be at least part of the academy that is considering at least finding a compromise …
Here is part of Deadline’s story:
There are rumors of possible changes to nominees’ acceptance of their Oscars if they have to appear in person, and whether the show is more like the Grammys spinning in sets of different nominees for their categories rather than having all of the nominees for the whole Show. Trades coincide with “exclusive” teasing of possible moves by the Oscar Show producers as well as a meeting tomorrow where nominees were informed of upcoming decisions that could directly affect their participation. The deadline can definitely confirm the latter is happening, even if the Academy has consistently said from the first day of the pandemic (when they postponed the show two months to its final date on April 25, hoping to avoid the current situation in) that the situation is “fluid”.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky today warned of her “impending doom” feeling, saying she was “afraid” of a fourth spike as a result of new outbreaks of positive Covid tests around US President Joe Biden please set mandatory wear requirements of masks, as variants and the early relaxation of restrictions cause new waves of hotspots, which is already leading to new locks in many European cities and other parts of the world where an unusually large number of this year’s Oscar nominees are currently located leads .
On March 18, producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins issued a letter to all nominees informing them that there would be no zoom option, as there would be at virtually every other award show in this one of the pandemic affected season is the case. Instead, the letter stated that the only way a candidate could accept (at least on the show) is to appear in person at Union Station, the new spacious venue that AMPAS is using to provide social distancing ( the Dolby Theater will be) used for other show elements) – a space they promise will follow strict Covid protocols, much like the extreme measures now being taken on film and television recordings.
Stay tuned for more …