The statuette is still golden, but in the pandemic period, the Oscar ceremony could look a little different. In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, EW has reported that the Academy is the first major awards body to adapt its 2020-21 broadcast in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, as the scheduled 93rd Academy Awards ceremony on April 25 is expected to proceed with substantial changes to the traditional run-of-show.
A spokesman for the Academy says the organization “is determined to present an Oscars like none other while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate.”This will entail the production of an “in-person show our global audience wants to see while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic” with a live broadcast ceremony from various locations, including the regular venue of the show: the Dolby Theatre. There will be more information revealed shortly.
Contagion leader Steven Soderbergh, as recently uncovered, will create an Oscars 2021 live broadcast similar to Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher.
The switch to a multi-location telecast comes after the Academy and numerous other successor awards organizations adapted their timetables and awards rollouts in the aftermath of the decimation of the national film theater system by the coronavirus pandemic. The broadcast date was postponed to April, which caused several industry ceremonies to push back their activities as well (including the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes). The eligibility period for the Oscars 2021 live broadcast was also extended from the end of 2020 to early next year to allow more time for the digital screening of films.
While the race remains the longest run-up to the Oscars in history, key rivals, including Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland, David Fincher’s Mank, Aaron Sorkin’s The Chicago 7 Trial, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, have begun to shape on the precursor trail. starring Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman — both of whom remain strong contenders in the lead acting categories.
Voting for nominations starts on Friday, March 5, and runs until Wednesday, March 10. Nods will be revealed on Monday, March 15, followed by ABC’s broadcast of Sunday, April 25, the 93rd Oscar ceremony.