Saturday, July 13, 2024

Oscars Won’t Be Just from Dolby Theater in Hollywood, But from Many Locations (NY? London? Nomadland?)


The Academy Awards are going to be very different this year, as they should.

“In this unique year that has asked so much of so many, the Academy is determined to present an Oscars like none other, while prioritizing the public health and safety of all those who will participate,” an Academy spokesperson said. “To create the in-person show our global audience wants to see, while adapting to the requirements of the pandemic, the ceremony will broadcast live from multiple locations, including the landmark Dolby Theatre. We look forward to sharing more details soon.”

With Zoom available, and actors scattered all over the world, this makes sense. Plus Steven Soderbergh is one of the producers, he knows how to do this, and Stacey Sher can execute any plan. It’s very possible to imagine multiple locations like New York, London, Australia, etc. Maybe even from Nomadland! The foreign language nominees could actually be at home and accept their awards.

Awards shows are going to be forever changed by the pandemic. I think, in a good way. The Oscars embrace a global gestalt already. This will really make them worldwide. Alas, no after parties. Vanity Fair will have to settle for a Zoom event. Madonna will, too. Those, however, won’t work so well.

The Oscars are on ABC April 25th live from the Dolby Theater and everywhere!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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