Oscars ‘to set up Academy Awards hubs’ for nominees in London and Paris

Oscars ‘to set up Academy Awards hubs’ for nominees in London and Paris

The Guardian

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Actors unable to travel to Los Angeles had been told a virtual appearance would not be allowed

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) has backtracked on its no-Zoom rule for the Oscars after complaints from nominees based outside the US, and is instead reported to be setting up European “hubs” so those unable to travel to the ceremony in Los Angeles because of Covid regulations can participate.

The organisers of the Oscars show, including the Ocean’s Eleven director, Steven Soderbergh, had earlier said it would “not be an option [for nominees] to Zoom in for the show”, due to be held in April, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, in a group call with all nominees the producers outlined plans to set up venues in London and Paris as uncertainty prevailed over travel restrictions.

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