The number of A-list celebrities who flocked to the Golden Globes last month came as a surprise – if completely understandable to the many who suffer from “zoom fatigue”. Jason Sudeikis, on the other hand, chose to stay home, which obviously made him feel like “camera on” in a tie-dye hoodie, making headlines and making waves on Twitter. And while the Oscars are more than a month away, some producers on the show have already made it clear that they won’t allow nominees to follow suit.
In an email from three producers on the show, Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh gave this year’s nouns a roadmap for how everything will go on April 25th. They also established some strict rules. “For those of you who are unable to attend due to appointments or persistent discomfort while traveling, we want you to know that there is no way to make the show bigger,” the trio wrote. “There will be special instructions for those of you traveling from outside of Los Angeles and other instructions for those of you who are already based in Los Angeles. This will all come to you straight from the academy to ensure you have a safe, carefree evening (a glimpse into the future?). “
Security concerns are understandable. But the team behind the ceremony may have been killing the mood preventively. “You are wondering about the dress code (should you),” they wrote. “We strive for a fusion of inspirational and aspirational, which in actual terms means that formally is totally cool when you want to go there, but it’s really not casual.” (Apparently not even the full range of sweatshirts in his official store is acceptable.)
But according to the producers, the formality isn’t going to stop the Oscars from being FUN. “We will go out of our way to bring all of you and all of the millions of movie fans around the world a safe and ENJOYABLE evening, and we believe the virtual cause will diminish that effort.” This is just one of several capital letters in the email, especially in the section on Covid-19. “Of course your first thought is: CAN THIS BE MADE SAFE? The answer is YES, IT CAN, ”they affirmed. “We’re treating the event as an active film set with specially developed test cadences to ensure up-to-date results, including an on-site COVID security team with PCR testing capabilities.”