CINEMA – The nominees can’t make it to the Oscars? Then the ceremony will come to them. The 2021 edition, which will be held on the night of April 25 to 26, promises to be unprecedented. Not only will it take place in the iconic “Union Station”, which will be redecorated by David Rockwell for the occasion, but the producers have also planned several sets around the world, including Paris and London.
For the first time, France will host this “site” to reward those nominated who cannot attend the 93rd Academy Awards because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The essential Laurent Weil accompanied by journalists Lily Bloom and Ava Cahen will be on the air from 11:55 pm for the program “En direct des Oscars” on Canal +, from a studio of the channel in Paris. The correspondent of the channel Didier Allouch will be him live from the red carpet in Los Angeles. The ceremony will begin at 2 a.m. French time.
The few named French, in competition to win a prestigious statuette, will be in duplex of the same building, but on a terrace and therefore in the open air, according to our information. And they’ll have to stay awake most of the night, given the 9-hour lag with California.
The decision to organize “satellite hubs” around the world, emanates from the producers of the ceremony, who did not want to reproduce the fiasco with “Zoom” of the other ceremonies which have been held in recent months, like the Golden Globes.
Florian Zeller at the Oscars from Paris
After the triumph of the film “The Artist” by Michel Hazanavicius in 2012, will France once again win the Oscar for best film? “The Father”, adapted from the eponymous play, will race with 6 nominations on April 25. The director of the feature film, Florian Zeller, will be present at the ceremony live from the Parisian station, alongside producer Jean-Louis Livi and chief editor Yorgos Lamprinos.
In all, 6 nominees and guests will meet live in Paris, among which the director Adrien Merigeau nominated for the best animated short film with “Genius Loci”, already awarded at the Berlinale and which required 3 years of work. But also Nicolas Becker, sound engineer for “Sound of Metal” awarded at the Bafta this year, who is co-nominated in the best sound category.
Anthony Hopkins will stay at home
The British will also have the right to their own field. The Academy of Oscars plans to use the “British Film Institute Southbank” in London’s Waterloo district as one of its international “hubs”, according to Variety.
Actress Carey Mulligan, nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress could appear live from the UK, as will actor Daniel Kaluuya, competing for his role in “Judas and the Black Messiah”. Anthony Hopkins, who plays alongside Olivia Colman in “The Father, will remain in his home in Wales.
A unique “cinematographic experience”
Obviously, the 2021 Oscars will be totally different from other years. The Academy breaks with the tradition of having only one host for the whole evening and invites 15 celebrities to present the ceremony, including Brad Pitt and Zendaya. In addition, the four named songs will be performed on the roof of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and broadcast during a pre-show.
One of the producers, Steven Soderbergh, announced that he wanted to immerse viewers in a “cinematographic experience”, in order to make them forget about the pandemic. Hollywood stars will not be obliged to wear a mask as soon as the cameras are on, however they will have to put it back on during the advertising pages.
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