The Oscars® as I've known it from being there many times, will not be the same.
Here's what to expect this time around. It was announced today (March 19) by the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences (AMPAS) that Glenn Weiss will return to direct the show.
“Our plan is that this year’s Oscars will look like a movie, not a television show, and Glenn has embraced this approach and come up with ideas of his own on how to achieve this. We’re thrilled to have him as part of the brain trust,” said this year's Oscar producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. It was these producers who announced Weiss as director.Earlier, the Oscar producers said there will be no Zoom-like acceptance speeches at the upcoming show. They want the nominees to be there live because they are going to great lengths to make the environment safe. They noted that the pre-show will be held at Union Station in L.A. Also, all Oscar Week events canceled. The show will limited to nominees and their guests, plus presenters; no Governors Ball after show.
Steve Pond/The Wrap, reported this from the producers: "We are treating the event as an active movie set, with specially designed testing cadences to ensure up-to-the-minute results, including an on-site COVID safety team with PCR testing capability. There will be specific instructions for those of you traveling in from outside of Los Angeles, and other instructions for those of you who are already based in Los Angeles." A letter was sent to all nominees.The letter also instructed the usual short speeches, but added, "...we want you to know there will not be an option to Zoom in for the show. We are going to great lengths to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE evening for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of film fans around the world, and we feel the virtual thing will diminish those efforts."
Weiss has directed numerous live televised events, including five previous Oscars shows, for which he won two Primetime Emmys®, and 19 Tony Awards® shows, which earned him three directing Primetime Emmys. Weiss’s additional directing credits include this year’s multi-network Inaugural Night special “Celebrating America,” “The Democratic National Convention,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Primetime Emmy® Awards,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” and the “American Music Awards.”
Since Weiss was also involved in the DNC Convention, which was done virtually, this will not be the case for the Oscars, as the producers noted. So, it will be interesting to see what Weiss comes up with, putting those Zoom ideas aside.
The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Above photo, Director Glenn Weiss. Courtesy of AMPAS
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