Since the beginning of the pandemic, award ceremonies have been a very complicated task for the organisers, who have to respect social distancing, and with the Oscar Awards returning on April 25, they also have to worry about these complications.
The ceremony, which usually attracts film and TV celebrities from all over the world to the US, has decided that they would not use Zoom for the ceremony this year. Instead, for the European celebrities meant to be attending, they will have the possibility to attend Oscars presentation centres in London and Paris known as ‘Academy Award Hubs’.
Indeed, the Academy has informed actors who are not able to travel to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony due to travel restrictions such as quarantine, that they would not have access to a virtual appearance on Zoom, instead they would be required to attend on of these hubs in London or Paris to take part in the ceremony.
The Academy said in a letter, “We are going to great lengths to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE evening for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of film fans around the world, and we feel the virtual thing will diminish those efforts”.
Because of the health crisis, award shows have struggled to attract viewers, with the recent Golden Globes and Grammys reaching their lowest ever audience levels, despite a great line-up of performers.
The Academy’s “no-Zoom” rule is designed to encourage celebrities to travel to Los Angeles for the 93rd Academy Awards, trying to maintain the ratings of this highly anticipated and famous ceremony.