Oscars 2021: nominations, red carpet, protocol … what we know about the 93rd ceremony

Postponed for two months due to the health crisis and the closure of cinemas, the 93rd Oscars ceremony will be held this Sunday, and will be broadcast exclusively, unencrypted and live on Canal +. Covid-19 requires, this great evening will experience some changes this year, but the show promises to be grandiose.

Steven Soderbergh will produce the evening

If the ceremony will be performed for the sixth time by Glenn Weiss, a regular at this cinema high mass, the director Steven Soderbergh, whose film “Contagion” evoked a world paralyzed by a pandemic ten years ago, will take care of it. for its part of the production. “Our plan is that this year, the Oscars look like a movie, not a television show,” the American said in an official statement.

A red carpet without Zoom or pajamas

Unlike the Golden Globes ceremony which was held virtually across the Atlantic on February 28, the Oscars will take place in the presence of guests – 170 in total – and in evening dress to offer a beautiful event ” to millions of cinema fans around the world ”. The production sent a letter to all the artists named, asking them to make the trip (and well dressed), and adding that they will have to be tested before the festivities. During the live, the stars will have the right not to wear a mask on the stage and a specific itinerary for each guest will have to be followed to avoid a crossover.

Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Harrison Ford among the guests

In an official statement released on April 12, the organizers of this glamorous evening promised “a truly galactic star airship” which may require “sunglasses.” Among the celebrities who will host the Oscars, viewers will find actresses and actors Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Renée Zellweger, Laura Dern, as well as South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, awarded for his film. “Parasite”. Other stars will also make the trip like Angela Bassett, Halle Berry and Bryan Cranston, unforgettable in the series “Breaking Bad”.

Two places, two atmospheres … or nothing

On the ceremony side, the Grammy Awards paved the way for an outdoor organization. The backdrop for the Oscars will be the traditional Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the Academy Awards and musical performances will take place. But most of the evening will be held a dozen kilometers away, at Union Station, located in downtown Los Angeles.

Union Station in downtown Los Angeles (© VALERIE MACON / AFP)

The guests, the nominees and the presenters will thus benefit from two performance stages, one covered and the other open-air in order to respect the rules of social distancing.

“Annexes” in London and Paris

Faced with some criticism, the organizers still relaxed the regulations for foreign artists who could not make the trip to the City of Angels, because of suspended flights to the United States, quarantine or the state of health of each.

Sites will be set up in London and Paris so that potential winners, such as Riz Ahmed or Carey Mulligan, can receive the distinctions and are not completely sidelined from this prestigious evening. But these interventions via the Internet will be limited.

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“Mank” at the top of the nominations

With ten nominations, David Fincher’s black and white feature film “Mank” is one of the favorites. Available on the Netflix platform, this film about the golden age of Hollywood stars actor Gary Oldman, who lends his features to screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz.

Among the works also cited, we find “Nomadland” by Chloé Zhao (another big favorite), “The Seven of Chicago” by Aaron Sorkin with Sacha Baron Cohen, “Judas and the Black Messia” with Daniel Kaluuya, “Minari”, “Sound of Metal”, without forgetting “The Father”, the first feature film by French playwright Florian Zeller. All of these films each have six nominations.

Diversity in the spotlight

While Steven Yuen is the first Asian American to be nominated in the prestigious Best Actor category for his performance in the feature film “Minari”, Riz Ahmed also surprised by being the first original artist. Pakistani woman to compete for an Oscar. We hope that the dream will come true for the one who plays a drummer who became deaf in “Sound of Metal”.

Black actress Andra Day (“Billie Holiday, A Matter of State”) and Viola Davis, nominated for the fourth time for “The Blues of My Rainey”, are both in the running for a statuette. Finally, Romania is represented for the first time thanks to the film “The collective affair” – cited in the categories “best documentary” and “best foreign film” -, just like Tunisia with “The man who sold his skin “.

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Oscars 2021: nominations, red carpet, protocol … what we know about the 93rd ceremony