Sunday to be an Oscar unlike any other

An Oscar, unlike any Sunday night, will begin Sunday night, telecast to history and epidemics on the line in major categories.

The 93rd Academy Awards will begin at 8 pm EDT on ABC. Candidates attending the event in Union Station, Los Angeles, will have neither a host nor an audience nor face-to-face, which is the focus of this year’s show from the Dolly Theater. Unlike the largely virtual Golden Globes, zoom boxes have been discontinued – although many international hubs and satellite feeds will add candidates unable to travel.

Show producers are hoping to return some of the traditional glamor at the Oscars, even in an epidemic year. The red carpet is back, though not insistent; Only a handful of media outlets will be allowed on the site. (E! Red Carpet coverage starts at 3 pm) Casual wear is a no-no. The pre-show on ABC starts at 6:30 EDT in the evening and will include pre-taped performances of five Oscar-nominated songs. The event is available to stream on Hulu Live TV, YouTubeTV, AT&T TV, FuboTV and with provider certification.

Pulling musical interludes from the three-hour broadcast (though not in the Memoriam segment) – and reducing the time it takes the winners to reach the podium – will free up a lot of time at the ceremony. And the producers, led by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, are promising a reinforced telecast.

The Oscars will look like a film, Soderbergh has said. The show will be shot in 24 frames-per-second (as opposed to 30), with more widescreen and presenters – including Brad Pitt, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Harrison Ford, Rita Moreno and Zaia – are considered “cast members.” The first 90 seconds of the telecast, Soderbergh claimed, “will immediately announce our intent.”

But even a great show may not be enough to save Oscar from the expected ratings slide. The award show’s ratings have deteriorated during the epidemic, and this year’s nominees – many of them small, low-budget dramas – will not come close to the drawing power of previous Oscar heavyweight such as “Titanic” or “Black Panther.” Last year’s Oscars, when Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” became the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture, 23.6 million, saw an all-time low.

Netflix dominated the year with 36 nominations, including the black-and-white drama of the lead-naming “Munk,” David Fincher, co-author of “Citizen Kane” Herman J. Was about Mankiewicz. The dreamer is still chasing his first best picture victory; This year, its best shot was Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” It is possible

But the night’s top prize, the best picture, is widely expected to go to Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland”, a contemplative character’s study of a traveling woman (Francis MacDormand) in the American West. Should it win, it would be one of the lowest-budget best-picture winners ever. Zhao’s film populated by unprofessional actors was produced for less than $ 5 million. (His next film, Marvel’s “Eternals”, has a budget of at least $ 200 million.)

Zhao is also at the forefront of Best Director, a category in which two female filmmakers are nominated for the first time. Also Emerald Fennell has been nominated for the nominated drama “Promising Young Woman”. Zhao will be the second woman to win the Academy’s Best Director (Catherine Bigelow for “Hurt Locker”) and the first woman of color in 93 years.

History is also possible in acting categories. The Screen Actors Guild Awards winners – Chadwick Boseman for Best Actor for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, Viola Davis for Best Actress; Yu-Jung Yun (“Minari”) for Best Supporting Actress; And Daniel Caluia (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) for Best Supporting Actor – this would be the first time non-actors have undergone acting categories – and a dramatic reversal from recent “Oscarso White” years.

Many of those awards appear to be locks, most notably for the late Bosman, who would posthumously become the third actor to win the Academy Award after Peter Finch and Heath Ledger. Boseman’s widow Taylor Simone Ledward has often accepted previous accolades on her behalf.

If there is a certain category, then she is the best actress. Davis, who has previously won for his performance in “Fences”, is up against Kerry Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) and two-time winner McDormand. Prognosticators call it a three-way toss.

Sunday’s pandemic-delayed Oscars will kick off the longest awards season ever – one that virtualized the season’s industrial complex and screenings of cocktail parties. Eligibility was extended in February of this year, and for the first time, a nominee was not required for a theatrical run. Some films – such as “Sound of Metal” – premiered all the way in September 2019.

The epidemic pushed many anticipated films out of 2020, but some big-budget releases could still take home awards. Pixar’s “Soul” seems to be a sure thing for the best animated film, and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” —which tried to lead a revival of a film last September that failed when virus cases Spit up and many theaters could not be reopened, presumably a win for its scene would be the effect.

But for the first time, Hollywood’s most prestigious awards will be related to films that rarely ran on the big screen. “Promising Young Woman” is the best ticket-seller of the Best Picture nominees at the box office with $ 6.3 million.

Recently, with the expansion of vaccination, signs of life have started appearing in theaters – most of which are operating at 50% capacity. Warner Bros. ‘ “Godzilla vs. Kong” has grossed $ 400 million worldwide, indicating to theater owners as evidence that filmmakers are eager for the studio to release a regular diet of big movies again. Right now, the date to air on the cinema calendar is May 28, when Paramount’s “A Quiet Place Part II” and Disney’s “Cruella” both hit theaters – although “Cruella” will stream together for $ 30.

But it has been a punishing year for Hollywood. Worldwide, movie theater marquez appealed to wear masks instead of movie titles. Streaming services raced to fill the void, rekindling the balance between studios and theaters – and possibly ending three months of dramatic exclusivity for new releases forever. A few weeks before the Oscars, Cinerama Dome, one of the most iconic theaters in Los Angeles, went out of business with ArcLight Cinemas.

After the epidemic, Hollywood – and the Oscars – can never be the same. Or when WarnerMedia’s new chief executive, Jason Killer, said when announcing the studio’s plans to move movies to streaming: “We’re no longer in Cannes.”

This story is published from a wire agency feed without modifications of the text.

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