Oscars lift lid on ceremony

The 92nd annual Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, February 9, 2020. (Photo: NYTimes)
LOS ANGELES — A “teeny-tiny” red carpet, no invitations for Hollywood’s most powerful moguls, and a “central” role for masks — next weekend’s Oscars are taking no risks when it comes to COVID-19, but the event still would have been “impossible” to hold just weeks earlier, producers said Saturday.اضافة اعلان

The 93rd Academy Awards will mark the first time Tinseltown’s finest have assembled in over a year, for a three-hour show that co-producer Steven Soderbergh said is “not going to be like anything that’s been done before.”

The delayed ceremony takes place barely a week after California opened vaccinations to all over-16s, with infection rates plummeting after a massive winter surge ripped through the state.

Asked by AFP about the impact of the show’s two-month postponement, Soderbergh said: “It would have been impossible for us to do what we’re gonna do ... I don’t know how we would have done it.”

“This is the working definition of trying to build an airplane while it’s in the air,” the director told a virtual press conference, adding that his experience of making films during the pandemic — and his 2011 thriller “Contagion” — had proven invaluable.

The traditional red carpet will be dramatically downsized, and the guest list will be so limited that even powerful Disney boss Bob Iger “won’t be there”.

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