Oscar nominees have been warned that connecting to the Academy Awards by way of video hyperlink is “not an possibility”.
The ceremony will happen subsequent month as an in-person occasion, with organisers opting to deal with it as an “energetic film set”, with numerous coronavirus measures in place, and in a letter despatched out to these on the shortlists on Thursday (18.03.21), producers detailed the “nice lengths” they have been going to to stage a “protected and pleasurable” night.
Within the observe despatched to over 200 nominees, producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher acknowledged some could also be uneasy about it being an in-person occasion at Los Angeles’ Union Station – albeit with “further present components reside from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood” – however sought to supply reassurance.
They wrote: “After all, your first thought is CAN THAT BE DONE SAFELY? The reply is YES, IT CAN,’ they assured. ‘We’re treating the occasion as an energetic film set, with specifically designed testing cadences to make sure up-to-the-minute outcomes, together with an on-site COVID security group with PCR testing functionality.”
Company attending from outdoors of Los Angeles will obtain additional “particular directions”, which is able to differ from these already dwelling within the metropolis however those that are “unable to attend due to scheduling or continued uneasiness about travelling” have been advised “there is not going to be an choice to Zoom in for the present.”
They added: “We’re going to nice lengths to offer a protected and ENJOYABLE night for all of you in particular person, in addition to for all of the thousands and thousands of movie followers world wide, and we really feel the digital factor will diminish these efforts.”
The producers inspired winners to make speeches “private” however preserve them quick and expressed their hope the ceremony, which takes place on 25 April, can have a “feeling of informal alternate and good humour.”
They usually wish to set the tone with a “pre-show gathering” instantly earlier than the ceremony.
They wrote: “The excellent news is you have to be fairly relaxed by present time as a result of you’ll have been at a pre-show gathering within the Union Station courtyard for the earlier ninety minutes together with your fellow nominees and their friends (ONLY nominees and their friends can be attending the present, by the way in which. Oh, and the presenters!).
The letter additionally touched on the evening’s gown code, stressing informal apparel wouldn’t be welcomed.
The observe learn: “You’re questioning in regards to the Costume Code (as properly it is best to). We’re aiming for a fusion of Inspirational and Aspirational, which in precise phrases means formal is completely cool if you wish to go there, however informal is de facto not.”
Along with having a smaller visitor listing this yr, it was beforehand introduced each the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, which takes place within the lead as much as the ceremony, and the post-event Governor’s Ball have been cancelled for this yr.