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Oscars ‘to Create Academy Awards Centers’ for Nominees in London and Paris | Oscar 2021

The Academy will reportedly allow British nominees to participate in the London Oscars, after an earlier warning that appearing via Zoom was not an option.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be held on April 25 in the US with an in-person event at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Some live elements of the show will be included from the usual home of the ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

After nominees were previously told that a virtual appearance was not allowed, the ceremony producers said they will set up “hubs” in London and Paris to make things easier for Europe-based stars, according to the Hollywood reporter.

The Academy, the body that oversees the Oscars, continues to encourage anyone who can safely and legally travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony, the Reporter said.

The coronavirus is emerging across much of Europe and nominees busy with productions around the world may find it challenging to make the show as they grapple with different quarantine and travel rules.

When asked about Zoom’s appearances, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, one of the broadcast’s producers, told the nominees that “we hope it doesn’t come to that.” The Academy has been contacted for comment.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Olivia Colman, Daniel Kaluuya, Riz Ahmed and Carey Mulligan are among the nominees for British performance.

Emerald Fennell is running for best director, while singer Celeste is running for best song.
The Academy has not said where in London the center will be. The ceremony takes place in the early morning of April 26 in the UK.

Other international contenders include Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round), Bulgarian Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star Maria Bakalova, and South Korean best supporting actress nominee Youn Yuh-Jung (Minari).

This year’s nominated foreign films come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Hong Kong, Romania and Tunisia.

In a letter to the nominees earlier this month, the Academy said it would accept awards on behalf of any winner who was unable to attend the ceremony.

It read: “For those of you unable to attend due to scheduling or ongoing travel concerns, we want you to know that there will not be an option to get close to the show.

“We are going to do everything we can to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE evening for all of you in person, as well as all the millions of movie fans around the world, and we believe virtual will diminish those efforts.”

Attendance at the ceremony will be restricted, it was previously announced, with a stripped red carpet and media presence between the pandemic-era concessions.

For those who do, the event will feature a sort of red carpet, while nominees will be in and out of Union Station as their categories roll in.

In an apparent nod to some of the laid-back dress options seen at Virtual Globes, nominees have also been told that “formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual really isn’t.”

The awards have struggled to attract viewers amid the health crisis. The Golden Globes took place in February and sank to a 13-year low in viewership numbers. Similarly, the Grammys recorded their lowest audience share, despite boasting a star-studded roster of artists.


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