“Bring Your Movie Love” to the Oscars - Predictions and Novelties
Written by: Nikoleta Morales
The anticipation for this year’s Oscars is heating up. Who will take home the golden statue and who will go home defeated? We have a few winners in mind. This year, unlike previous years, the awards show will be very different. And here’s why:
1. The 93rd Oscars will look more like a movie rather than a television awards show and it will be directed by Glenn Weiss.
“Our plan is that this year’s Oscars will look like a movie, not a television show, and Glenn has embraced this approach and come up with ideas of his own on how to achieve this. We’re thrilled to have him as part of the brain trust,” said show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Stevem Soderbergh.
2. There will be two locations that the show will broadcast from - the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and Union Station in LA, unlike previous years where it was broadcasted and done solely from the Dolby Theater.
3. Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Pausini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sandén and Diane Warren will perform the five nominated original songs in their entirety for “Oscars: Into the Spotlight.” One performance will be recorded in Húsavík, Iceland and four at the Dolby Family Terrace of the Academy Museum of Moti on Pictures in Los Angeles. The performance will air on Oscar Sunday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.
“We’ve come up with some serious pre-game and post-game action to enhance our main event,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh. “Our suggestion is just tune in for the whole shebang, otherwise you’ll miss something really unexpected and fun.”
4. After the awards show, the celebration will continue live on ABC with “Oscars: After Dark,” hosted by actors Colman Domingo (“Zola”) and Andrew Rannells (“The Prom”) and featuring interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell. The special recaps the evening’s must-see moments and showcases Oscar® winners as they have their statuettes personalized.
5. The list of this year award presents includes stars like Steven Yeun, Riz Ahmed, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Bong Joon Ho, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Zendaya. They will present the awards live and in person.
6. The cap amount of people at the awards show in Union Station will be 170 due to Covid restrictions and it will include the nominees, their plus one guest, as well as the presenters, who reportedly will not be wearing masks on camera to create the movie affect unlike other virtual awards shows (they will put them back on during the commercial breaks).
7. The 2021 Oscars theme will be “Bring Your Movie Love.” The Academy invited seven international artists to create custom Oscar® statuette art inspired by the question, “What do movies mean to you?” This year’s campaign features an expanded color palette, unlike the traditional silhouette. Ranging across illustration, motion design, painting, photography and textile art, the pieces are drawn from the artists’ diverse personal inspirations and experiences, including theaters of 1920s and ’30s Hollywood, film as both a form of escapism and a bridge of communication, and more.
Now here are our winning predictions for some of the main Oscar categories:
Chadwick Boseman in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
Frances McDormand in "Nomadland" (Searchlight)
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya in "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)
Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova in "Borat Subsequent Movie Film: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" (Amazon Studios)
Best Animated Feature Film
"Soul" (Walt Disney)
Chloe Zhao, “Nomadland”
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Adapted Screenplay
Don’t forget to tune in on Sunday to cheer your favourite films and actors to victory. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and it will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. For information, visit: www.oscars.org
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