The British stars will be able to take part in this year’s Oscars in London if they can’t get to LA, after promoters say Zoom was not the way to go.
Eight of the 20 nominees this year are Brits, including Sacha Baron Cohen, Carey Mulligan and Riz Ahmed.
Shift In Location
Following the announcement of nominations, attendees were invited to attend the event on April 25.
Los Angeles is the major venue, but organizers have now added a London venue as well after worrying about travel.
Foreign nominees will be able to appear on other satellite links. The show’s producers still hope they won’t use Zoom, but they can relax their position if anyone can’t get to the broadcast.
Most guests will be at LA’s main railway hub, Union Station, which will become a venue for the 93rd Academy Awards. Part of the show will also take place at the ceremony’s normal home, the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Daniel Kaluuya, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Vanessa Kirby and Gary Oldman will also be holding English hopes for acting awards.
Other UK hopefuls include director and writer Emerald Fennell; singer Celeste, who is nominated for best song; and Aardman Animations’ A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, which is up for best animated film.
Details of the new London venue – where it will be the early hours of 26 April when the ceremony takes place – have not yet been revealed.
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, Bulgarian actor Barat Maria Bakalova and South Korean actor Youn Yuh-Jung are among the international nominees this year.
Safe And Enjoyable Evening
A letter sent to nominees earlier this month said no alternative arrangements would be made for anyone unable to attend in person “because of scheduling or continued uneasiness about travelling” during the pandemic.
“We are going to great lengths to provide a safe and enjoyable evening for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of film fans around the world, and we feel the virtual thing will diminish those efforts,” show producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins wrote.