Movie lovers, fed up with award shows from Hollywood via Zoom, you are in luck: the producers of the Oscar unveiled on Monday they will take out the heavy artillery at the end of the month with Harrison ford, Brad Pitt and Reese witherspoon among its main presenters.
The April 25 ceremony, which will be held for the first time at the historic Union Station in downtown The Angels, arrives as California glimpses its reopening, after a year of successive confinements by the Covid-19, driven by the vaccination campaign.
The gala will unfold as if it were a glamorous movie, advanced the Academy.
In addition to a “truly stellar star cast,” the producers warned in their statement that “there is so much voltage here, sunglasses may be needed.”
Next to Ford and Witherspoon, the list of presenters also includes the winners of last year’s top Oscars, Joaquin phoenix, Renée zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura dern, in addition to the South Korean Bong joon-ho, which won the award for best director and best film with Parasites.
Angela bassett, Halle berry and Bryan cranston They will also appear, among others, in the first event that will bring together the big names in Hollywood on the red carpet since the outbreak of Covid-19 forced the world to stay home in March 2020.
The 93rd edition of the Academy Awards, delayed two months due to the pandemic, will be broadcast from Union Station and the traditional base of the Oscar at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where some of the live musical performances are to be held.
Connections from the UK and France are also planned for international nominees unable to travel to Los Angeles.
Finery recent awards ceremony, such as the Golden Globe in February, they were criticized for over-relying on video calls with nominees, especially after they Daniel Kaluuya lost the audio connection while giving his speech after winning the Golden Globe for best supporting actor.
The producers of the Oscar they expressed their desire to achieve a ceremony that “looks like a movie, not a television show”, promising a spectacular introduction, as well as filming in high resolution and in widescreen format.
The nominees must dress to the nines, after the organizers have advised them that “formal is totally fine if you want to go, but casual is not so much.”
Director of Contagion, Steven Soderbergh, is one of the producers of this gala delayed by the pandemic.