“Ohhhhh, you are excited to be nominated for an Oscar? Do you want to be 100% sure when you attend the Oscars? It’s fine? Yes, good, no zoom for you! “
That’s basically what the producers of the upcoming Oscars ceremony said in a letter sent to all of the nominees this week. The letter explains that this year’s event will be held in person; described it What “An intimate, in-person event at Union Station in Los Angeles, with additional show elements live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood”; and explained that Zoom will not be an option for the nominees who do not want to travel to the event or simply do not feel comfortable attending even an “intimate” ceremony in person. (The Dolby Theater, which has a capacity of more than 3,400, It has been the home of the Oscars since 2001; obviously that is Not a safe main place this year considering the ongoing pandemic).
“For those of you who are unable to attend due to scheduling or continued travel concerns, we want you to know that there will not be a Zoom in option for the show,” the letter reads, in what was perhaps an unspoken acknowledgment of the recent, technical error-plagued golden balloons. “We will do our best to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE evening for all of you in person, as well as all the millions of movie fans around the world, and we believe virtual will diminish those efforts.”
Capitalizes itby the way, it’s not ours. That’s part of the letter, which is full of very strange capitals, almost passive-aggressive. Here are some of our favorites.
- “Of course your first thought is CAN THIS BE DONE SAFELY? The answer is YES, IT CAN. “
- “So if STORIES matter, then the PEOPLE who bring those stories to life are important. Namely, YOU “
- “We think the show is not ‘too long’ because of the speeches. HAVING SAID THAT, we’d like to say THIS: great freedom comes great responsibility, and if you’re wondering what exactly we mean by that, we mean READ THE ROOM. Tell a story. If you are thanking someone, say their name, not their title. Don’t say MY MANAGER, PEGGY, just say PEGGY. Make it personal.”
Stop yelling at them, producers! They are nominated for an Oscar!
There is much more to the letter, including more details on safety precautions, covid tests, a few words about the dress code, and the general idea to give each nominee a moment to shine, all of which you can read in Indiewire. But it will be very interesting to see who appearsand who doesn’t this year.
The Oscars are April 25. See all the nominees below
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