new York-Ninety seconds. This is how Steven Soderbergh said so quickly that the Oscars will convince viewers that the TV ceremony will be different.
The concept of the award presented by Soderberg with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins is to treat the award ceremony as a TV show, not a movie. And he firmly believes that he has an unparalleled opening scene.
Soderbergh said: “We will announce our intentions immediately.” “People will say,’Oh, we have to wear seat belts.’
The 93-year-old American institution to change the Oscars has proved to be futile time and time again. Over time, some twists and turns have been tried, but the basic format remains stubbornly unchanged.
But this year, the epidemic has shaken the Oscars like never before. When the broadcast starts on ABC on April 25th, there will be no viewers. The basis for the performance is not the Dolby Theater (although Dolby is still a key location), the regular venue for the Oscars, but the airy Art Deco-California-style Union Station, which was once a train station in downtown Los Angeles.
For producers, the challenge of COVID is an opportunity to rethink the Oscars.
Soderbergh said: “At any step in the film creation process, when I ask why something is done in a certain way, and the answer is’because of doing that,’ this is a real red flag for me. .” Zoom in a recent interview with Collins and Sher. “This year all of us took advantage of the opportunities provided to us to truly challenge the preconceptions about awards.”
No matter how well they do, the ratings will almost certainly drop from last year’s 23.6 million viewers. During the pandemic, the audience level of the award has declined. This year, despite being nominated for an Oscar, it has been widely used in streaming media and is more diverse than ever, but people’s expectations for the usual year It’s not that high. Soderbergh praised the best picture nominee as “one of the most author-driven film groups.”
“If the Super Bowl team comes from a small market, it is still a great game, and people will still care.” Collins, who performed the weekend show halftime at the Super Bowl, said.
Collins was also the producer at the Grammy Awards last month, which was praised for his personal style and freedom of performance. Oscar also wants to exude this sense of community.
“My biggest problem has always been: It’s not intimate. It doesn’t feel personal,” Soderbergh said of the award. “(And) we are in a COVID world. Nominees, guests, and hosts must all be like this, that’s all. They are the only people allowed to enter the room. That’s just a rare catastrophic lineup and my personal concern. “
The Oscars are almost certainly very different from the first virtual Golden Globes. Manufacturers have opposed Zoom and casual clothing. After all, it is an Oscar, and there will not be any appreciation speeches on sportswear. Producers put pressure on the nominees in accordance with safety measures, requiring them to participate in person.
Some people are angry with the academy’s position-because it is still closed in some countries and there is still a large number of infectious diseases spreading in Europe and elsewhere-prompting people to seek agreements. There will be a nomination center in London and, as announced later last week, there will also be satellite links. Some of these materials will be pre-recorded, and each nominee spent 45 minutes with the producer.
Soderbergh imagined the award ceremony as a three-hour movie rather than a webinar. But what does that mean? If Oscar was a movie, what kind of movie would it be? This is the director of “Ocean Eleven” (“The Big Scam”) and “Logan Lucky” (“The Logan Scam”), so should we expect a movie about police and robbers?
“This feeling will come from the movie, where there is a dominant theme that will be expressed in different ways throughout the performance. Therefore, the host is essentially the narrator of each chapter,” Soderbergh said. “We want them to feel that this is not a show for an organization. We want them to feel like they are watching a show made by a small group of people who are actually trying to attack anything that feels generic, unnecessary or insincere. This is what I think when I watch a program like this. A voice needs a specific voice.”
Technically speaking, remote transmission will have a wider screen appearance and a more cinematic way of playing music. Questlove is the music director of the ceremony, and the host is considered an ensemble. Collins said the one thing you don’t see is the classic blow before the award.
Collins said: “When you see the actors come to give the awards, you will see a connection.” “There were only two people who met in the locker room and found it difficult to follow the caller.”
Under constantly changing conditions and COVID-19 restrictions, there is definitely a lot of work to be done. Soderbergh said logistics work is “boring.” Self, another fascinating component. He said: “There is no doubt that this is a chapter on memory.” But they are trying to shape this award, Soderbergh said he is very excited.
For Soderberg, who was fired from Hollywood eight years ago, the role of the savior at the Oscars was unexpected. His criticism at the time was that the film studio had not innovated, and the film had been far away from the cultural center. However, after a series of arduous adventure films and bold ideas (one shot on the iPhone, another shot on a boat) returning to photography, Soderbergh helped the industry resume production during the pandemic and formulate The security protocol, including the type of testing and isolation, will be necessary for the nominees to participate next week.
The Oscars is a unique annual event in Hollywood-a moment of reflection, desire and celebration. This year’s awards were postponed for two months after the industry had experienced a difficult pandemic because movie theaters had closed and streaming services proliferated. Soderbergh hopes that the Oscars will benefit Hollywood.
He said: “When you are going to make a movie, the cliché is about hope and scope.” “This is what we want to do to show that it’s possible.”
This includes a warm celebration of each category and nominee.
“We don’t want to talk nonsense,” said Sher, a senior producer of “Get Shorty”, “Django Unchained” and the Soderbergh film “Out of Sight.” A bold woman”). “We did not look at it with a high degree of cynical and ironic eyes from the outside, but opened the curtain and let them into our community. There are many misunderstandings about this industry. This is a major manual labor industry and there are unions.”
On Oscar nights, photographer Soderbergh, often known as his own photographer Peter Andrews, plans to enter the studio with award-winning director Glenn Weiss.
“There is a lot of resistance to making any major changes, but at least from the opposite perspective, what we will do is provide the colleges, broadcasters and viewers with real information about what they like and what they like. They don’t like it because We made major changes,” Soderbergh said. “This means it will develop, and it needs to develop.”