Producers of the 93rd annual Academy Awards have come up with a solution to the ‘no Zoom’ approach to the upcoming ceremony – one which would’ve seen many nominees having to forgo the ceremony were it limited strictly to Los Angeles.
Reportedly there will now be a central ‘hub’ located in the UK and potentially elsewhere where those in a specific country can attend alongside the main ceremony in the U.S. at Union Station in Los Angeles.
Producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins are still hoping the majority of nominees will be in Los Angeles and plan to rotate nominees in and out of the show when their categories come up – a similar pandemic-related precaution used at the Grammys to keep social distancing in a reasonable manner.
Local broadcast affiliates around the world are also expected to work with the Academy to provide satellite links for many of the international nominees. More than 20 satellite hookups are being employed, and the ceremony is reportedly being done like a film production with plans to shoot in 24 FPS widescreen visuals.