Unlike the virtual Oscar ceremony of the past year, this year, with hope, the greatest award show will be hosted in person. In a trailer released on Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the star-studded ensemble of 15 presenters which includes big stars like Brad Pitt, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bryan Cranston, Regina King, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon, Don Cheaddle, among others.
Alongside the trailer released on Monday, the organization posed a rhetorical question asking how it would feel if the award show was actually like a movie. The proper answer to which should be another question, ‘Who wouldn’t like that?’
The producers Jesse Collins, Steven Soderbergh, and Stacey Sher mentioned in a statement that in their attempt to make it a movie, they have assembled a stellar cast of stars and also released a dramatic poster with the names of all the presenters on it. Soderbergh also added that every presenter will feel like a character and the three-hour-long award show must feel like a movie where some awards are given.
Adhering to active Covid-19 protocols, the 93rd annual ceremony will host only the presenters, nominees, and their guests in attendance.
Oscar-Winning Actors To Return On Stage
The Oscar tradition of having the previous winners of all four acting categories to present the awards is to be followed this year as well. This is why, it is confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix who won the Best Actor category for his role in Joker, Renee Zellweger who won the Best Actress category for Judy Garland, Brad Pitt who bagged the Best Supporting Actor category for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Laura Dern who won the Best Supporting Actress category for Marriage Story will be there as presenters.
The presenter plays a very significant role in the Academy Awards. The very short moment which drives the viewers, as well as the nominees insane with anticipation, is probably one of the most dramatic scenes.
Oscars Amid The Pandemic
This year’s Oscars are to be held in Los Angeles, at the Dolby Theatre as well as Union Station on the 25th of April. It is a major relief that the greatest award show is going to be telecasted over Zoom. In late March, it was confirmed by the producers of the ceremony that the online element has been cut off from this year’s plan, and it is to take place in person.
While the award show is generally held between late February and early March, this year due to the pandemic, it has been postponed more than two months and will finally be held by the end of April. Although 2020 was a tough year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was hoped that by this year’s season everything will be back to normal. Perhaps it is still too soon to expect that.
The lockdown brought tough times onto the world of movies as most theatres were shut down and film releases were postponed. With a few theatres just beginning to reopen and restrictions still intact, it is evident that the ceremony will be subject to strict protocols.
Oscar Nominees: Tough On Predictions
On April 25th, the Oscars will officially bring the awards season to an end. As soon as the nominations across all 23 categories were announced on 15th March, people got the guessing as to which nominee might take the trophy home.
The Best Picture category is filled with excellent films like The Father, Mank, Nomadland, among others. One can only take a wild guess but there is no obvious one to be chosen.
Similarly, the Best Actor and Best Actress categories will witness tough picks as nominees like Riz Ahmed, Anthony Hopkins, Steven Yeun, Viola Davis, Vanessa Kirby as well as Chadwick Boseman who passed away last year after battling with cancer, have made their way into the lists with their brilliant performances.
Other categories like Best Actor in Supporting Role and Best Actress in Supporting Role have included impactful performances by Sasha Baron Cohen, Leslie Odom Jr., Maria Bakalova, Olivia Colman, and Yuh-Jung Youn.