The “no zoom” policy for this year’s Oscar ceremony is proving to be a headache for many publications, which according to Hollywood publications live outside the United States and which are still subject to an epidemic ban.
Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported on Wednesday that campaigners and some studio executives have complained about logistics, cost, and quarantine issues in deciding the nominees’ bar from attending the festival away from the film academy.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organized the ceremony, did not return a request for comment on the reports.
Due to the coronovirus epidemic, the April 25 show to be given the highest honor in the film industry will be held at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and the traditional home of the Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
The producers said last week that “there would be no option to zoom in for the show” and encouraged those nominated to participate in person.
At least nine candidates live in the UK, including promising young female director Emerald Fennell and star Carey Mulligan. Non-international travel is expected to be banned in England by mid-May next week.
Representatives of five international feature films presented by Denmark, Hong Kong, Romania, Tunisia and Bosnia may also face hurdles for Los Angeles, Variety and Deadline.
Publications stated that some of the other 200 or so nominees are working on productions that need to quarantine or survive in “bubbles” with the cast and crew.
People currently visiting California are expected to quarantine for 10 days. Travelers from countries outside the United States are also subject to varying quarantine requirements.
Variety canceled a meeting this week to discuss issues between the academy, film studio executives and campaigners.
Other award shows in recent months have transformed general public gatherings into stranglers and added pre-recorded appearances on stage or a combination of virtual events or small-person ceremonies.
But television viewership has declined, with the Golden Globes and villagers attracting the lowest numbers in decades.