The occasion will return to the Dolby Theatre, as effectively maintain separate reside areas at Union Station in Los Angeles, an area in the UK and one other in Paris, CNN has realized, so as to account for varied worldwide journey restrictions and coronavirus protocols.
“It is very different this year,” the insider stated, who requested CNN not to embody their identify as a result of they don’t seem to be licensed to communicate to the media, stated, including “there will be a very small [in-person] audience.”
Producers have stated they need as a lot of an in-person occasion as doable. Like final 12 months, there is not going to be a number for the occasion.
As for a way the Academy and producers of the Oscars plan to steadiness the tone of celebrating movie amid the backdrop of the ongoing pandemic and a social justice reckoning, the insider stated, “It will be a message-focused awards. It would definitely be a disconnect if there wasn’t an awareness that last year was traumatic for everybody. It’s really putting a spotlight on the voices of people impacted. It’s making space for inclusion and representation and it’s doing that really well.”
“It’s been tricky. Everything we’re trying to do we’re trying to lead with a strong creative idea. We don’t want Covid being an excuse for anything in terms of the creativity of the show. It’s still got to be an entertaining show,” Soderbergh stated in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Bong Joon Ho, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Regina King and Bryan Cranston are amongst the presenters who’ve been introduced.
“We want it to be joyful, and we do want people to rebuild their relationship with going to the movies,” Soderbergh added. “We’re all in a very synchronized place in terms of what the tone has to be. But I guess we’ll find out.”