“There is no universe in which we put anyone in danger” – Deadline


Oscar producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh explained this morning how Covid protocols will be incorporated into the April 25 show and ensured they are taking all measures to ensure all nominees and participants are safe throughout the three-hour ceremony. Certainly with Soderbergh and Sher having also produced the 2011 premonitory film, Contagion, they also seem to have a head start on how to do it for the Oscars.

“We had a lot of practice. This industry was at the forefront of creating protocols to get people back to work safely. It started with The Safe Way Forward last June, then was made official during negotiations with producers in September. I am making my second film during Covid. We know how to approach situations like this, ”Soderbergh said. “It’s incredibly laborious, it’s incredibly complex logistically and it’s expensive. It will all be part of the story of the evening, how we got people back to work and what exactly that entails. There is that kind of part that will follow throughout the program of following the science of protecting people. The whole situation has been incredibly fluid to make sure we are meeting the guidelines in terms of capacity, how we are allowed to move people, and how long we are allowed to keep them in certain locations. This is an ongoing conversation with LA County. There is no universe in which we will ever endanger anyone. We hope to combine safety with a spectacle that looks like a preview of what will be possible when most people are vaccinated and rapid testing is the norm. Covid is going to be there because it’s everywhere but we want to put it back in its place and then sort of move forward.

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Sher added, “We are really lucky to have been able to make this movie together 10 years ago, Contagion, and got to know some of the world’s leading epidemiologists. They were involved and advised us. It is a constant evolution. We did not foresee where Europe would be when we started this process. As epidemiologists like to say “we may be done with Covid, but Covid is not done with us”. But when you get more people vaccinated, it’s amazing that Los Angeles is open from the age of 16. then we can really go in that direction and create a space where new variations cannot develop, so science for me.

As for the content of the 93rd Academy Awards, producers have assured that he will be optimistic about the love and need for the movie experience, with Sher even citing the announced closure of Arclight Cinemas and the venerable Cinerama. Dome this week. “We have all been touched by Arclight. We are here to explain why the cinema Questions, ” she said.

Collins said the show was developing into something they only dreamed of, and said they were following Soderbergh’s “manifesto.” They say this is unlike any Oscar show that has ever been tried, and to consider this year of Covid to be an understatement. The look will certainly be new, not at all like a TV show that Soderbergh claims and notes that it will be 24fps, big screen, with shots designed like movies, including over the shoulder. With most of the ceremony being held at Union Station, he says the venue was set up beautifully (David Rockwell is the production designer) and hopes that will encourage the winners to say something meaningful. “We want people to say something and we give them space,” he says. Soderbergh was asked about his own momentous acceptance speech when he won the Best Director award for Circulation in 2001, something that was played as a good example at Oscar nominees’ lunches to show potential winners what makes a good speech. “I was drunk. It’s not a lie,” Soderbergh said with a laugh, who said it was a surreal moment to receive this Oscar from Tom Cruise affecting his whole balance because he didn’t know he would win.

One concern, especially among some publicists and actors I’ve spoken to, is whether masks will be needed throughout the ceremony. Soderbergh replied that “cryptically” as he admitted himself. “The masks will play a very important role in the history of the evening. This subject is very central for the evening, ”he said without giving details. The producers also uniformly agreed that the ambitious show they are doing would not have been possible two months ago when the 93rd ceremony was originally scheduled for February 28 (when the Golden Globes arrived and took after that AMPAS abandoned it). “This February date would have been impossible. Things have gotten so much better with the vaccines. It was a great decision to push the show, ”Soderbergh said.

Responding to whether there has been any outreach to invite President Biden, who has been on an Oscarcast before (to feature Lady Gaga’s song ‘Til It Happens To You’), Sher said, “I think they have bigger fish to fry. ” Producers, especially Soderbergh, were also terse when answering a question about using zooms like other awards have done this year. The answer to this, as they have said over and over again, is ‘no’. “We will use satellite connections,” Soderbergh says for the nominees who cannot participate in any other way. “We can control the image, the sound, integrate it into the overall show (in a more transparent way),” he said.

The “red carpet” so associated with the Oscars and the awards show will be “tiny,” the producers say, designed for intimate conversations with the nominees, another safety-related arc of bringing many people together in the same space. Yesterday they announced plans for the nominated songs to all be performed during the 90-minute pre-show (all pre-recorded primarily at the new Academy Museum, as Deadline first reported in March) . The producers say each song will have unique creative elements and will be performed in its entirety, which they say has excited all of the performers involved even though they won’t be part of the Oscars itself, but rather the first time pre-show. The real winner will however be one of the 23 categories to be announced at the show itself. A list of 15 presenters was announced earlier this week, but Soderbergh has promised two more presenters will be named by the end of the week. The logistics of their confinement delayed the announcement of their participation.

Overall, while many of the films nominated this year can be interpreted as depressing in some ways, Soderbergh wants the Oscar show itself to be uplifting and hopeful and about “what gets us out of that feeling.” that we are trapped at home, ”he says without reminding us of the“ pain and dislocation ”people have felt over the past year. “We want to see a potential future, ” he says. As Collins repeats, they want the show to fit emotionally, reminding us that we are a community species and that it is important to return to theaters.

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