Casual dress is also discouraged, which means there is a zero percent chance that we will see Glenn Close in jeans.
The producers behind this year’s Oscars have announced new rules for the unusual 2021 show, which will look nothing like past ceremonies. The award producer has established a specific set of rules. Jesse collins, film producer Stacey Sher (Django unchained), as well as director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven) and detailed by Variety. The most notable rule is a “no zoom” standard, which states that if you can’t appear in person, you can’t appear at all. This is not an effort to force the nominees to attend, but rather because the producers feel that these video chats can harm the show. Additionally, the producers request that each nominee be briefly interviewed to maintain their emphasis on “stories matter” while ensuring that everyone receives the same amount of attention.
“We will do our best to provide a safe and enjoyable evening for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of movie fans around the world, and we believe virtual will diminish those efforts,” the producers stated. according to a letter obtained by Indiewire.
In addition to the “no Zoom” clause, the producers have encouraged the winners to keep their speeches short and to “read the room”. The suggestion adds up to not mentioning the titles of the people they thank, but just saying their names. They also noted that there will be a pre-show gathering in the Union Station courtyard for an hour and a half, which should help ease everyone’s nerves. The show will shoot shortly thereafter at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Only nominees, their guests and presenters, as well as production staff and crew will attend the event. Security protocols will be online for all attendees, including “an on-site COVID security kit with PCR testing capabilities.” Those attendees already in Los Angeles will receive a different set of protocols and security rules than those coming from outside the area.
When it comes to the dress code, the rules are slightly different from the Academy Awards ceremonies of the past. The producers have stated that they are going for a “fusion of inspiration and aspirations”, while emphasizing that “casual” is not really something they want to see, and that performing formally would be “totally cool”. Looks like jeans and sundresses went out the window.
The Oscars will air on Sunday, April 25 on ABC.
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