Awards season has a way of exposing the shit behind the scenes in Hollywood, especially in the midst of a pandemic. The Oscars particularly he had a trick in planning his first was COVID ceremony, initially requiring attendees to appear in person sans tie-dye hoodie for catch up with your famous peers, as if everything is as always. But the Academy forgot a very important detail: many nominees do not live in the United States. and they are not prepared to risk their health and that of those around them maybe just to get a gold statue and not have to awkwardly give his acceptance speech at Zoom. After some comments, Oscar Producers added an event space in London where nominees can meet up and pretend they’re back in Los Angeles, and they plan to add more across Europe. But the Academy is still desperately trying to pretend I like finished 2.8 million people did not die of COVID in the past year.
AND now they can act as if they were in the same precarious positions as some of the professionals who witnessed those deaths. Variety reports that the academy has announced in a letter to attendees that Oscar nominees and their guests will qualify as essential workers as a way out to attend Hollywood’s most popular superpreader event of the year. Since the ceremony is a television show, he and everyone involved in its production, including attendees, are covered by the same exemptions that have allowed other television shows and movies to resume filming.
As it was extracted in Variety, the the letter says:
“Those involved in the production of the Oscars, such as the nominees and their guests, qualify for the essential work purpose exemption and are therefore allowed to travel to and from the testing center, rehearsals, and organized activities. by the Academy during the run-up to the Oscars production. , including, of course, the awards ceremony. The organizers of the Oscars are implementing a required quarantine to capture the risk of each person who attends the event ”.
The Academy also specified that there are different quarantine requirements and arrival dates depending on whether the attendee is a domestic traveler, a low-risk international traveler, or a high-risk international traveler.
“If you travel to Los Angeles County from outside of California, you must self-quarantine for 10 days after your arrival, and you cannot interact with anyone during those 10 days except the people in your home, that is, the people with whom you it lives. If you travel to Los Angeles County for essential work purposes only, you must still self-quarantine (when not working) for 10 days and cannot interact with people other than those necessary to perform your essential work. “
Variety It also advises that all attendees must have a minimum of two COVID-19 PCR tests and a total of three COVID tests in the week before the ceremony.. The letter specifies: “Tests: PCR prior to the trip. You will test the mail in person on the 19th (we provide) by mail or in person on the 22nd (we supply) and the test in person at the JW Marriott on the morning of the 25th. “
Having celebrities rated “essential workers” just so they can attend the Oscars is not good looks. But at least those of us who are not rich and famous can take some comfort in knowing that at least the vaccine is not offered before the rest of us.