On Saturday morning, first-time Oscar producers Steven Soderbergh
, Stacey Sher
, and Jesse Collins
gave an LA press conference to fill in the gaps on the looming Oscar show. Details have been coming thick and fast in the past week as plans solidified, and nominees and their guests make their travel arrangements for the two-month-delayed Academy Awards (televised live on April 25 on ABC at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt. and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide). Oscars 2021 could not have been accomplished without the delay, the producers said, from safety concerns to increased access to vaccinations.
Their goal: to stage a Zoom-less affair packed (at a safe distance) with as many live human nominees and presenters (each allowed one guest) as possible, the producers reiterated. “This is the walking definition of trying to build an airplane while it’s in the air,” said Soderbergh.
The filmmaker, who has been