Where will the 2021 Oscars ceremony take place?
The ceremony will be held outdoors in a courtyard at downtown railway hub Union Station in Los Angeles. According to veteran Oscars director Glenn Weiss and first-time producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh (an apt choice: the director of Contagion), there will also be some “additional show elements” coming live from the Dolby Theatre – which usually hosts the Oscars ceremony.
In a joint statement, the producers stressed that they want the telecast to “look like a movie, not a television show.” So, expect some ambitious elements – perhaps musical performances or comic skits from the Dolby.
Who is hosting the 2021 Oscars?
The Oscars haven’t had a host for the past two years; the last host was Jimmy Kimmel in 2018. This year will be hosted by an ‘ensemble’ of presenters, including some of last year’s winners, such as Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Renée Zellweger and Bong Joon Ho.
Will nominees actually attend the 2021 Oscars ceremony?
In the main: yes. The producers are urging nominees to show up at what they call “an intimate, in-person event” – and Zoom participation is limited (avoiding the disasters of the Golden Globes). However, the Academy has made a concession for international nominees owing to Covid travel concerns.
For the Brits, there will be a London broadcast hub -which will be hosted by BFI Southbank. The Thames-side venue is often used for red carpet premieres, including the London Film Festival, and it has a cinema with a big screen and stage, plus some outdoor space. The event would take place in the early hours of Monday morning, due to the time difference, and may need special government permission if held indoors.
Only nominees, along with one guest, and the presenters will be invited to this scaled-down ceremony. Those taking part will also need to take at least two COVID-19 tests before the ceremony, and guests attending from outside the U.K. will need to quarantine for the required 10 days, and take two coronavirus tests.
Organisers are also enlisting celebrities for video interviews to be taped ahead of time and broadcast during the show.
There are a number of nominees from the UK this year, including actors Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya and Anthony Hopkins, and director Emerald Fennell.