Just ahead of the Oscar nominations announcement this morning, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president David Rubin confirmed the exclusivity of last week’s Deadline that the next 93rd annual Oscar show will come to both from the sprawling Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and from the regular series. haunting, the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. It also seems to be coming to fruition, as insiders previously told Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr., is a plan for presenters and nominees – and their guests – to attend in person at Union Station, where the distancing social would be easier to apply due to the size of the facility.
Without confirming the details of how it will work or what each location is for, this is essentially what Rubin indicated in an email sent to the Academy’s 9,362 voting members, as well as other members, to explain why there won’t be. the usual ticket lottery this year. All other in-person events associated with the Oscar season are also canceled, including nominating screenings; the Oscar nominees ‘lunch and the international feature film nominees’ cocktail; and public programming for the categories Short film, Documentary, Animated feature film, International feature film and Make-up and hairdressing. He also noted that, as was the case with the Emmys in September, a post-Oscar Governors’ Ball celebration has also been deeply entrenched and that there will be no official Oscar-sanctioned watch party. ‘Academy in London and New York.
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A former AMPAS president reached out to me on Friday to suggest that, with the news that LA was finally starting to open theaters after a year of closure, it would be great if the Academy reopened its Beverly Hills and theaters. ‘Hollywood for nominees screenings. to see the suitors on the big screen. However, AMPAS is not ready to power up its theaters at this point and, as I said in my Notes on the Season column on Friday, has not announced any plans to do so. Official screenings will take place on the AMPAS digital site, The Screening Room.
No mention is made of the press presence on site instead of the 2021 Oscars or how the red carpet will be handled. The Oscars are obviously a mega-event that would normally attract hordes of journalists from all over the world.
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“In a year marked by so many uncertainties, one thing is indisputable: we have enlisted the ideal trio of producers – Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh – to put on an Oscar show like no other, to honor extraordinary films. , memorable performances and achievements in making films of the past year, ”Rubin wrote to the members. One of those producers, Collins, was involved in the production crews for the Super Bowl halftime show with The Weeknd as well as last night’s Grammy Awards (ostensibly without The Weeknd), and the latter gave a real indication of how Zoom-style presentations from the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, Gotham Awards, and upcoming SAG and Guild Awards don’t have to be the rule when it comes to crown jewels like the Grammys. or Oscars – where, with careful planning and logistics, nominees and artists can show up in person. Again, no specific details on how this will work for the Oscars, but it’s possible that could look like how the Oscars were back when they were a more intimate banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. I guess, taking inspiration from the Grammys, the best song performances and presentations could take place on the stage of the Dolby Theater, separate from the venue for the nominees and the awards show.
I thought the Grammy setup was working really well under these difficult circumstances, and despite the all-time low ratings (a 53% drop from last year), new producer Ben Winston’s EP show was pretty formidable. . Of course, the Grammys have the advantage of being primarily a performance show rather than the computer hardware that tends to bog down Oscar ceremonies. The Academy need only look at dismal ratings from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Critics Choice, and now the pandemic-afflicted Grammys to assume that simply breaking away from last year’s low numbers would be a problem. sort of nirvana at this point. As I’ve said many times, however, this year’s Oscars show has to serve a bigger purpose, one for which it is only set on April 25. By enlisting all the big stars the Academy can find, the Oscars can serve as a starting gun to reopen the industry in a big way and bring people back to the movie experience. It’s a much needed shot in the arm just like those other shots the world is getting now.
Here is Rubin’s letter in full:
Dear members of the Academy,
I join you in congratulating all of our Oscar nominees. We’re now less than two months away from an Oscar performance at iconic Los Angeles landmarks, Union Station, and the Dolby Theater. A show that will undoubtedly be unique and memorable!
While we were hoping that the pandemic would be more in our rearview mirror by April, the health and safety of our members and Oscar nominees is our primary concern, so we have had to make the necessary decisions regarding some of the issues. our events planned for Oscar week.
This year, those who attend the awards in person will be nominees, their guests and presenters – with an audience of millions watching and applauding from around the world. Therefore, we will not be able to run our annual ticket lottery for members.
We will also not be hosting in-person events, including nominations screenings, the Oscar nominees luncheon, and beloved Oscar week occasions like the International Feature Film Nominees Cocktail and public programming. for short films, documentaries, animated feature films and international feature films. Film and makeup and hair categories. I’m sorry to add that this year’s awards also won’t include a post-Oscar Governors’ Ball celebration, or Oscar Night watching parties in London and New York.
In a year marked by so many uncertainties, one thing is indisputable: we have enlisted the ideal trio of producers – Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh – to put on an Oscar show like no other, to honor extraordinary films, memorable performances and cinematographic achievements of the past year.
We appreciate your support and understanding as we all look forward to an exciting show on April 25th.
President of the Academy