With nominations set and a little over a month to show time, details about the 93rd Oscars are trickling out, and neither sweatshirts nor Zoom made the cut.
“Our plan is for this year’s Oscars to look like a movie, not a TV show,” show producers Jesse Collins, Stacy Sher and Steven Soderbergh said in a statement Friday. You have hired Emmy and Tony Award-winning director Glenn Weiss to direct the live broadcast on April 25th.
Although downsized significantly from the normal year, the producers have pledged to hold a personal event for nominees, presenters, and limited guests at Union Station in Los Angeles. There will also be a live component at the Dolby Theater, which has been hosting the Academy Awards since 2001.
Unlike the Golden Globes, which combined personal and zoom elements in their bi-coastal show, the Oscars do not allow nominees who are either not or not comfortable with a virtual element. The producers said they plan to treat the event like an active movie with COVID security teams and test logs on-site.
And yes, they expect attendees to dress up.
“We’re aiming for a fusion of inspirational and aspirational, which really means that formal is totally cool when you want to go there, but it’s really not casual,” said the producers.
The 93rd Oscars will be broadcast live on ABC on April 25th starting at 8 p.m. ET.