Unlike most awards ceremonies this past year, the Oscars will not be held in a virtual way, nor will they be held in a hybrid way, because for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, the first full-face gala will be held. The American Film Academy is going to take extreme security measures so that all participants can attend the gala, which this year will be held on Sunday, April 25 and in two different venues: in the historic Union Station, in downtown Los Angeles, as well as in the traditional headquarters, in the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
According to several specialized media such as Variety or The Hollywood Reporter , the Academy wants to recover the essence of the galas prior to the health crisis, so it is dealing with the restrictions due to the covid-19 even if it means a great expense. As revealed, attendees will have to keep a quarantine period that will depend on their place of origin. Those nominees for the statuette who live in Los Angeles, or anywhere else in the United States, must remain in isolation for five days before the ceremony; While for international nominees it will be double and they will have to remain in quarantine for up to 10 days. In addition, all those arriving from abroad will also be required two covid tests prior to the ceremony, the cost of which will initially be borne by the organization itself.
The Dolby Theater, formerly Kodak Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard, is the headquarters of the Awards Oscar.Franck Bohbot / INSTITUTE
A decision that, despite not being new because this possibility was already being considered in December , has not finished convincing either producers or many of the attending stars . Variety and Deadline Hollywood claim that publicists and executives from various studios have complained to the Academy about logistics and financial issues raised by the decision to ban nominees from participating in the ceremony remotely. Some of the nominees from foreign countries have shown a certain rejection, arguing that it is too difficult for them to travel and self-quarantine. Some measures that can also pose a problem for actors and filmmakers who aspire to the statuette but who are currently filming other projects in foreign countries and that in order to comply with the Academy's strategy they should take several weeks of vacation to have time to travel and self-quarantine, not only due to the lack of time but also due to the financial burden
According to The Hollywood Reporter , the nominees can be accompanied by a guest, as well as the presenters, but the list of People who will be allowed to go to the Union Station stage, where the awards will be presented, is kept to a minimum.
Facade of Union Station in Los Angeles, where part of the Oscars 2021 gala will be held.VALERIE MACON / AF
P Making it possible for the ceremony not to be held virtually is also a headache for the nominees who live outside the United States and who all They are still under pandemic restrictions. This is the case of the British Emerald Fennell and Carey Mulligan, nominated for best director and best actress , respectively, for A promising young woman , since England is expected to ban international travel soon until mid-May.
The representatives of the five feature films International , presented by Denmark, Hong Kong, Romania, Tunisia and Bosnia, could also face obstacles in reaching Los Angeles. Of course, the winners who decide not to attend will be able to access the virtual press interview room after the ceremony
The measures that the Academy will take are not yet final, but everything points to the most reputable awards in the film industry This year they will become the first to be delivered in person. An approach that has come after the Golden Globes and other previous ceremonies have been ridiculed or criticized by the public for focusing its great television production on a simple but gigantic Zoom.
The audience of the awards galas plummets in pandemic
In recent months, the awards ceremonies have been held virtually, with only the presence of the presenters and the award ceremony while the nominees followed the broadcast of the gala from their homes and connected by Zoom, or in a hybrid way, with one part of the stalls occupied and the other part in their homes. However, these new methods adapted to the global pandemic situation have caused interest and audiences to plummet . The last and devastating example that has triggered all the alarms among the generalist networks was the Grammy gala, held on Sunday, March 14, which fell 53% compared to the previous year to make its nine million viewers a new all-time low. . A trend of negative records that can be extended to events such as the Goya or the Golden Globes, which have registered the least interest in their history this year.