Oscars in search of glamor

A real red carpet, stars without masks, winners who will collect their prize in person … While vaccination is progressing at great speed in the United States, the organizers of the Oscars are trying the bet to present a ceremony that renews as much as possible with the glamour pre-pandemic price discounts.

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Forget the galas in which the winners are forced to give their acceptance speeches live from their living room or dining room. If we can trust its organizers, the 93e Oscar ceremony will have nothing to do with the Zoom Mode awards show, which we have often seen in the past year.

First, there will indeed be a red carpet. It will certainly be less swarming and electric than usual with a limited number of stars who will have to parade in small groups and respecting physical distancing. But it will still bring a touch of glamour which was sorely lacking in recent cinema awards.

“It’s going to shine so bright you might need sunglasses to watch the ceremony!” “Have also promised the organizers of the cinema high mass in a press release published a few days ago.

Stars without a mask


Harrison ford

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Harrison ford

Without a host for a third year in a row, this 93e Oscars ceremony will be able to draw on a nice range of renowned presenters. It is already known that Harrison Ford, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt and Zendaya will play important roles in the presentation of the gala. Several winners from last year, including Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger and Laura Dern, have also confirmed their presence in the flesh.


Brad pitt

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Brad pitt

To ensure physical distancing is respected between the stars, part of the show will be presented at Union Station in Los Angeles. No more than 170 guests will be admitted to this mythical place, which has already served as the backdrop for many films, including Blade runner and Rise of the Dark Knight. Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), which produced the gala this year, recently revealed that guests are not required to wear the mask in front of the camera during the ceremony.


Reese witherspoon

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Reese witherspoon

The Dolby Theater, the Hollywood venue that usually hosts the ceremony, has been requisitioned for the recording of the evening’s musical numbers. The finalists who cannot travel to Los Angeles will be able to attend the ceremony in venues in London and Paris.

High competition

With cinemas around the world having been closed for several months due to the pandemic, several American films expected in 2020 have still not shown. In this particular context, one would have expected a less intense competition than usual. However, the exact opposite has happened.


Chloe Zhao

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Chloe Zhao

Indeed, the growing popularity of online viewing platforms (Netflix, Amazon and others) has allowed several quality works to shine during this pandemic year. This is particularly the case of Nomadland, the masterful new film by director Chloé Zhao (The cowboy), which has a good chance of winning top honors.


Joaquin phoenix

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Joaquin phoenix

Zhao and his colleague Emerald Fennell (A young woman full of promises) can boast of making Oscars history this year. This is the first time that two women have been among the five finalists for the award for best achievement, a category that has always been outrageously dominated by men.

After being often criticized in the past for its lack of diversity, the Academy of Oscars has also given pride of place to non-white actors this year because nine of the twenty finalists for the interpretation awards are actors and actresses from the diversity. A wind of renewal will therefore blow over the Oscars this Sunday.


Renée Zellweger

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Renée Zellweger

► The 93e Oscar night is presented Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ABC and CTV.

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Oscars in search of glamor

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