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The 93rd Oscars

The 93rd Oscars Telecast Live Sunday. WATCH!  It’s Going to Be Unique

By: Ellis Nassour

April 22, 2021: Doesn’t everyone love the movies? Even at those long ago cinemas where you could see them on big screens with an extra large soda and those refillable buckets of often stale popcorn – both of which you can’t avoid spilling on the pristine floors? Attendance is surely down, and the culprit is partly Covid 19, but we can be buoyed on Sunday as ABC will present live mostly from Los Angeles the 2021 Academy Awards, the 93rd, at 8 P.M. (E). It will truly be a global event, seen live or recorded in more than 225 countries and territories. 

The 93rd Oscars Telecast Live Sunday. WATCH!  It’s Going to Be Unique

By: Ellis Nassour

April 22, 2021: Doesn’t everyone love the movies? Even at those long ago cinemas where you could see them on big screens with an extra large soda and those refillable buckets of often stale popcorn – both of which you can’t avoid spilling on the pristine floors? Attendance is surely down, and the culprit is partly Covid 19, but we can be buoyed on Sunday as ABC will present live mostly from Los Angeles the 2021 Academy Awards, the 93rd, at 8 P.M. (E). It will truly be a global event, seen live or recorded in more than 225 countries and territories. 

There won’t be the traditional Red Carpet of stunning gowns and glimmering jewels. Instead, movie devotees will have the 90 minute special The Oscars: Into the Spotlight on the menu live at 6:30 P.M. (E). Here’s where the best songs are to be performed. Oscars: After Dark will follow way after dark. 

It’s amazing how many say they could care less about the Oscars, Hollywood’s most prestigious event and bait to get movielovers into cinema seats. Yes, it does drag on and on and there are countless commercials; and with more than half the winners well-deserved craftspersons we’ve never heard of – thanking loved ones and pets we’ve never heard of. 

Unlike at the Tonys, the unions have never allowed the Academy to present craft awards before the telecast. Sadly, with so many award shows – especially the SAG Awards and Golden Globes, no matter how hard the producers labor to put on a lively show, it all seems anti-climatic. You’ve seen so-and-so and the “best” movie already honored and honored and honored again.

Although cineplex box office prices are higher, attendance is down. In a year of streaming on I’ve-lost-count-of-how-many sites [so many that audiences for network TV fare have shrunk], nominations aren’t necessarily coming from films seen on cinema’s big screens. Thanks to Covid 19, one chain has folded, others are in dire straits. Reopening can’t come quickly enough. 

Directing is Tony Awards veteran and 14-time Emmy winner Glenn Weiss. The trio of producers determined to make this 93rd Edition different/unique by going to great lengths and faraway places to be entertaining are Emmy-winning actor/director Jesse Collins, Oscar and Emmy nominee Stacey Sher, and Oscar-winning director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and editor .Steven Soderbergh. The Roots front man Questlove is music directing. 

In addition, says Collins, “We’ve come up with a new approach: An Awards-Show-as-a-Movie. In keeping with our theme, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars and presenters. In fact, there’s so much wattage, sunglasses may be required.”

With a budget of untold millions, it’s not surprising that Netflix has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. For the 2020 Awards, it emerged as leader of the pack with the critically-acclaimed Mank (10 nominations, including Best Picture, Actor, and Director). 

But not everything was seen only on TV. Films receiving multiple nods are The Father, Judas and the Black Messiah, Minari, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7. That doesn’t mean a vast audience saw them. Just the opposite. 

It’s also a season of debuts and seasoned actors in excellent supporting roles, but they will go unrecognized since the Academy 
doesn’t have an Ensemble category. 

However, the Academy has shown it can change. This years, especially, it has broken new ground in the Honorary Oscar category.  

In the hopes you will tune in, the producers came up with novel ideas. The Awards will telecast from multiple locations, including L.A. famed Art Deco Union Station, the soon-to-open Academy Museum, Iceland, and the U.K. 

The 93rd Oscars 

2021 Oscar Nomination Highlights:

For a complete list and a ballot, visit www.AcademyAwards.com = 

Picture

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Lead Actor
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal; 
Chadwich Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom;
Anthony Hopkins, The Father;
Gary Oldman, Mank;
Steven Yeun, Minari

Lead Actress
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom;
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday;
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman;
Frances McDormand, Nomadland;
Carey Mulligan,Promising Young Woman

 Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 — 
Oscar has no Ensemble Cast category; however, Yahya 
Abdul-Mateen II (Bobby Seale), Eddie Redmane (Tom 
Hayden), Mark Rylance (William Kunstler), Frank 
Langella (Judge “Lock Him Up” Hoffman); Joseph Gordon-
Levitt (Prosecutor Schultz), and Jeremy Strong (Jerry 
Rubin) deserve recognition; 
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah;
Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami  — as above,
Kingsley Ben-Adir (Malcom X), Aldis Hodge (Jim 
Brown); and especially Eli Goree (Cassius Clay) are 
stand-outs;
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal;
LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah

Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova,Borat Subsequent Moviefilm;
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy;
Olivia Colman, The Father;
Amanda Seyfried, Mank;
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Director
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari;
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman;
David Fincher, Mank;
Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round;
Chloé Zhaeo, Nomadland

Animated Feature
Onward;
Over the Moon
;
A Shaun the Sheep Movie
Farmageddon;
Soul
;
Wolfwalkers

International Feature Film
Another Round, Denmark;
Better Days, Hong Kong;
Collective, Romania;
The Man Who Sold His Skin, Tunisa;
Quo Vadis, Aida?, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Original Screenplay
Judas and the Black Messiah, Will Berson, Shaka King (screenplay);
Berson, King, Kenny and KeithLucas (story);
Minari, Lee Isaac Chung;
Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell;
Sound of Metal, Darius and Abraham Marder (screenplay); Darius
Marder, Derek Cianfrance (story);
Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin 

Adapted Screenplay
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, 
Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena 
Friedman, Lee Kern;
The Father, Florian Zeller, Christopher Hampton;
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao;
One Night in Miami, Kemp Powers;
The White Tigers, Ramin Bahrani

Original Score
The Academy has made changes for this category: After much-attempted abuse, now a score must have at least 60% new music; franchise films and sequels, 80%.

Da 5 BloodsTerrence Blanchard;
Mank, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross;
Minari, Emile Mosseri;
News of the World, James Newton Howard;
Soul, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batist

Original Song
This year songs will be performed in a pre-show special, Oscars: Into the Spotlight. One performance will be recorded in Hüsavik, Iceland, and four on the Dolby Family Terrace of the soon-to-open Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

“Hear My Voice,” The Trail of the Chicago 7; by Daniel Pemberton, Celeste Waite; performed by Celeste; 
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah, by H.E.R, Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas; performed by H.E.R; 
“loi si” (Seen), The Life Ahead, by Laura Pausini, Diane Warren; performed by Pausini, Warren;
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami;  by Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth; performed by Odom; 
“Húsavik,” Eurovision  Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; by Savan Kotecha, Fat Max Gsue, Richard Göransson; performed by Molly Sandén

Cinematography
Judas and the Black Messiah, Sean Bobbitt;
Mank, Erik Messerschmidt;
News of the World, Dariusz Wolski;
Nomadland, Joshua James Richards; 
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Phedon Papamichael

Due to the pandemic, there’ll be no traditional inside events. Instead of the honorary Governors Awards, the Academy Board of Governors voted for the first time to present two Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards:  prolific producer/director/actor and philanthropist Tyler Perry; and, in another first, to an organization: the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). 

For those not of a certain age, the Award honors the memory of longtime Danish actor Jean Hersholt, who established an esteemed career on radio, in film, and on TV. From the early1900s to 1955, he co-starred in over 110 films, the most famous of which are: Erich von Stroheim’s masterpiece Greed (1924 silent); the classic Stella Dallas (1925, silent); Heidi (1937), as the grandfather co-starred with Shirley Temple; and Grand Hotel (1932, Best Picture)In addition to the vastly popular Dr Christian film series, he also segued to TV in the role. Hersholt was also president of the Academy from 1945-1949, and president of the Motion Picture Relief Fund for 18 years.  

“There’s been such widespread generosity in our industry, this past year in particular, that limiting the Humanitarian Award to one recipient was impossible,” states Academy president David Rubin. “We broke with tradition and are giving two awards to honor that spirit.

“Tyler’s cultural influence extends far beyond his work as a filmmaker,” he adds. “He has focused on humanitarian and social justice causes from the beginning of his career. The work of the MPTV became more vital than ever, going above and beyond to help our community. The sheer number of individuals and families from every corner of our workforce aided during the pandemic and over the last 100 years is nothing short of extraordinary.”

At www.oscars.org, check out the complete roster of nominations; and numerous special features, which include Inside the Oscars, a new podcast; video clips; and photos.