Forbidden zoom and attendance of candidates is “mandatory”

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The nominees for the Oscars this year were asked to come in person to receive their awards, because participation through the Zoom application would not be an option, unlike last year.

The candidates received letters from the organizers of the party, stating that they have made “every effort to provide a safe and enjoyable evening for you to be present in person.”

Thus, the Oscars will be different from the Golden Globe and Emmy awards ceremonies, as the winners were honored through the Zoom app as part of the safety measures to protect against Covid-19 disease.

The 93rd Academy Awards will be celebrated on April 25 in Los Angeles, USA.

And the American site “Deadline” published the message that clarified the vision of the concert organizers, through the words of producers Stephen Soderberg, Stacey Sher and Jess Collins.

“For those who will not be able to attend due to timing or because of the ongoing fear related to travel, we would like to inform you that using Zoom will not be an option for you to participate,” the message stated.

The prizes will be distributed at the Dolby Theater in the foyer of the Los Angeles train station on April 25th

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The prizes will be distributed at the Dolby Theater in the foyer of the Los Angeles train station on April 25th

The producers added, “We are doing our best to provide all of you, and millions of movie lovers around the world, to attend a safe and enjoyable evening. We feel that virtual attendance will diminish the value of these efforts.”

They also said that the ceremony will include safety teams with the possibility of conducting tests for Covid-19. “Specific instructions will be given to those coming from outside Los Angeles, and other instructions for those in town.”

As the message stated: “All these instructions will be received from the Academy to ensure that you have a safe evening without worry.”

The concert producers also asked the candidates not to wear informal clothes. This is another difference from other award ceremonies such as the Golden Globes, in which some of the winners wore practical clothes.

“We aim to broadcast a show in which inspiration merges with ambition, and in practice this means that the formal appearance will be a perfect fit if you want to attend, as for informal clothes it will not be.”

The evening will include the presence of safety teams with the possibility of conducting tests for Covid-19

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The evening will include the presence of safety teams with the possibility of conducting tests for Covid-19

The Academy of Film Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Oscars, had promised a “intimate” party held under strict measures to protect against Covid-19.

The evening’s ceremony will take place at its usual location, at the Dolby Theater and in the foyer of Los Angeles’ Main Railroad Station.

According to Deadline magazine, the Academy will host a pre-evening gathering, which will last for 90 minutes before the party, in the station square, to receive the candidates and their guests.





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