Oscars | A nominated Canadian will attend the ceremony

(Toronto) Armed with COVID-19 tests, a vaccination, a tuxedo and a personalized mask, Canadian Oscar finalist Ben Proudfoot is set to attend the “pandemic” ceremony on Sunday. American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



Halifax-based producer and filmmaker nominated alongside composer and co-director Kris Bowers for documentary short A Concerto Is a Conversation.

He says the nominees follow a “very strict protocol” to attend the ceremony at the Los Angeles train station.

The event will be held primarily there, but some elements will be shown from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

International winners who cannot attend will participate via satellite from their location.

Mr. Proudfoot already lives in Los Angeles and does not have to isolate himself to attend the event, which will air on ABC and CTV.

“It’s a sign of hope,” he said of the Oscars, which opted for an in-person ceremony instead of a completely virtual event.

“I think three, four months ago it might not have been possible – even six weeks ago. In Los Angeles now, there is an open registration for most people for vaccines. So I think this is the first clue of getting back to normal. Hope it will be a safe and fun night. I am sure it will. ”

The exact sequence of the Oscars remains a mystery, even to Mr. Proudfoot. Producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh have revealed some, but not all, details about the ceremony.

Mr Proudfoot says that as a documentary maker he knows what it’s like to do a project under uncertain circumstances and he doesn’t want to reveal the shots until they unfold because they could easily change.

The 30-year-old filmmaker says he has already received his first dose of the vaccine and will have to pass three COVID-19 tests before the event, the last being Sunday morning. The nominees must also “submit a very specific plan” to be tested by a medical team.

Mr. Proudfoot has also ordered custom masks from Brooklyn designer Naomi Nomi for the ceremony, which he will attend with his wife, Grace.

Kris Bowers could bring with him his 92-year-old grandfather, Horace, who is the subject of the nominated documentary.

A Concerto Is a Conversation, a touching 13-minute short, features Mr. Bowers talking to his grandfather about the discrimination he faced when he escaped from the Jim Crow South to found his business dry cleaning in Los Angeles in the 1940s.

The story also explores the feelings of Kris Bowers in his career as a virtuoso jazz pianist and composer of films, such as Green Book and the sequel to come from Space jam.

The documentary was screened as part of the series of short documentaries “Op-Docs” of the New York Times and at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021.

This is the first Oscar nomination for MM. Proudfoot and Bowers, who have been friends and colleagues in Hollywood for about five years.

The other nominated films in the same category are: Colette by Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard, Do Not Slip by Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook, Hunger Ward by Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman, then finally A Love Song for Latasha, by Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan.

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Oscars | A nominated Canadian will attend the ceremony