Oscar 2021: Producers Will Use ‘Satellite Hook-Ups’ for Remote Nominees

Oscar Producers Will Use ‘Satellite Hook-Ups’ for Remote Nominees

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Oscars producer Soderbergh maintained that masks would play “a very important role in the story” of the 93rd Oscars show on April 25, but he kept the details under wraps.

“If that’s cryptic, it’s meant to be,” Soderbergh said during a Saturday press conference. “That topic is very central to the narrative.”

Joined with co-producers Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher, the trio took questions about the upcoming ceremony from Union Station in Los Angeles. The producers were vague on the details of the upcoming ceremony, which will be broadcast from multiple locations, including the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Soderbergh shared that there will be satellite hook-ups: “We can control that image, we can control the sound, we can make it feel more integrated into the overall feeling of the show. We’ve created another series of technological hurdles for ourselves to make all of these remote satellites and not zooms. It was about having it feel like it was all part of the piece. That’s all it was.”

Soderbergh said: “We’re trying to break down this myth that there’s some partition between the actors, who the audience may know by name, and everyone else. This is ultimately a working-class industry, fully unionized. When you look at the credits of a movie, the number of people that are in the cast, compared to everyone else, is minuscule.”

Collins, who produced the recent Grammy Awards, shares his excitement about working with the production team, in which 7 of its 14 members are African American. “It was about everybody being open to pulling in the best possible people. ABC and everybody were open to new faces,” Collins said.

He also praised the Academy’s decision last year to delay the ceremony by two months, saying if it had stayed in its originally scheduled date in February, “it would have been impossible.”

Sher, who worked with Soderbergh on “Contagion” and has an impressive Hollywood resume in both film and television, hopes that the ceremony will show the people watching, “if you love film, there’s a place for you, even if you’re not going to be an actor or actress.”

Soderbergh added: “This year, we’re encouraging the the nominees to tell a story and to say something personal.”

This year’s list of nominees is the most diverse in Oscar history, with 9 of the 20 acting nominees consisting of people of color.

History will be made in several categories, with potential frontrunners such as Yuh-Jung Youn (“Minari”), Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) and the late Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”).

The 93rd Oscars will be held April 25 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT from Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and international locations via satellite.