The Oscars at the moment are 5 days away, with voting concluding EOD at present. I’m excited in regards to the tight races, like I’m trying on the poll and… I don’t know if I imagine, though we’ve been advised repeatedly, that Nomadland is a frontrunner the best way previous Oscar winners have been frontrunners. Final 12 months, going into the ultimate few days earlier than the Oscars, it was between 1917 and Parasite. And even throughout the precise present, even after Bong Joon-ho received for Finest Director, I don’t know that individuals who have been rooting for Parasite would have put cash on it popping out on prime. This 12 months it’s much more vast open.
As excited as I’m about who will really win although, I’m simply as enthusiastic about what the present will likely be. Perhaps excited is simply too sturdy of a phrase. Curious might be higher. Tremendous curious. As a result of, as you recognize, for weeks present producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh have been telling us that this 12 months’s Oscars will have a good time movie by being a movie itself… performed on tv, with business breaks.
No one actually understands what this implies – however the intrigue is there.
In latest days, the producers have been doing interviews to construct anticipation for the occasion, describing it as finest they’ll, however within the course of creating extra of a thriller, which is an effective factor. I don’t need to know what to anticipate. I need to be screaming about the whole lot with everybody else in actual time on Twitter. What the producers have confirmed, although, is that there will likely be an In Memoriam phase throughout the Oscars, per normal. Nonetheless, the 5 nominees for Finest Authentic Track is not going to be carried out throughout the Oscars correct; as a substitute the songs will likely be showcased by way of pre-tape on the 90-minute pre-show beginning at 630pm ET hosted by Ariana DeBose and Lil Rey Howery. Contemplating that the track performances on the Oscars often common about two and a half to 3 minutes, they’re slicing as a lot as quarter-hour of airtime … and changing it with… what, precisely? Right here’s what Steven Soderbergh stated at a Zoom press conference yesterday:
“You may really feel such as you’re watching a film,” Soderbergh stated — and primarily function like a film, with presenters enjoying variations of themselves, working from scripts crafted primarily based on pre-show interviews and emphasizing the communal nature of the movie business by equally celebrating massive ‘names’ and below-the-line contributors.
Soderbergh, requested whether or not nominees will likely be required to put on masks, stated intentionally “cryptically”: “Masks are going to play an important position within the story of this night.”
The best way I’m studying it, the presenters, principally actors, may need extra of a raise this 12 months. Often they only stroll out and skim what’s on the teleprompter. This time, if Soderbergh is saying they’re “enjoying variations of themselves and dealing from scripts”, there’s positively added accountability. Like, Brad Pitt will likely be enjoying Brad Pitt throughout the Oscars, which can “function like a film”, however dwell on tv. Does that make it, like, a dwell televised play?!
I imply, on the one hand, GREAT. These persons are skilled entertainers, they need to be good at this. Then again, not the entire normal Oscar persons are theatre entertainers, they’re not nice in a dwell setting. As we’ve seen in Oscars previous, generally it’s f-cking awkward to see them combating just a few strains on a display once they’re introducing a class. Yearly there are Oscar rehearsals – often on Saturday celebrities present up on the Dolby for possibly an hour to learn by their strains. This 12 months, if that is the way it’s taking place, rehearsals will seemingly be quite a bit longer. And I wish to see the behind-the-scenes of that…
Can that be the Oscar film sequel?
The official sequel this 12 months is a televised after-show, with cameras contained in the occasion, and that includes interviews with the winners, as we watch their Oscars getting engraved. So all advised, for those who embody the 9—minute pre-show and the precise present (three hours) and the post-show, we’re on this for, like, six hours. Are you posting up for six hours and the Oscars on Sunday? If that’s the case…what’s on the menu?! For us, it’s gonna be sushi.
Yours in gossip,
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