Oscars adds hub for Europe-based stars after earlier ruling out Zoom

The ceremony will reportedly include venues in London and Paris
Oscars adds hub for Europe-based stars after earlier ruling out Zoom

By Keiran Southern, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

The Academy will reportedly allow Europe-based nominees to take part in the Oscars from London and Paris, after earlier warning that appearing via Zoom was not an option.

The 93rd Academy Awards are set to take place on April 25th with an in-person event at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Some live elements of the show will be included from the ceremony’s usual home of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

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The Oscars are reportedly going international this year (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

After nominees were earlier told a virtual appearance was not allowed, producers for the ceremony have said they will set up “hubs” in London and Paris to make it easier for Europe-based stars, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Academy, the body which oversees the Oscars, is still encouraging anyone who can safely and legally travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony to do so, the outlet said.

The virus is surging across much of Europe and nominees busy with productions around the world may find it challenging to make the show while grappling with different quarantine and travel rules.

Asked about Zoom appearances, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, one of the producers of the broadcast, reportedly told the nominees “we hope it doesn’t come to that”.

The Academy has been contacted for comment.

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The Academy has not said where in London the hub will be. The ceremony takes place in the early hours of April 26th in Ireland and the UK.

In a letter to nominees earlier this month, the Academy said it would accept awards on behalf of any winner who could not attend the ceremony.

It said: “For those of you unable to attend because of scheduling or continued uneasiness about travelling, we want you to know there will not be an option to Zoom in for the show.

“We are going to great lengths to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE evening for all of you in person, as well as for all the millions of film fans around the world, and we feel the virtual thing will diminish those efforts.”

Attendance to the ceremony will be restricted, it was previously announced, with a stripped-back red carpet and media presence among the pandemic-era concessions.

Awards shows have struggled to attract viewers amid the health crisis.

The Golden Globes took place in February and sank to a 13-year low in viewing figures.

Similarly the Grammys recorded its lowest-ever viewership, despite boasting a star-studded list of performers.

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