After a disastrous attempt by the Golden Globes to host an online awards ceremony back in February, the Oscars have taken an opposite approach to this year’s event and have made the decision to ban zoom speeches and any casual dress.
In a letter obtained by the online news site Indiewire, a letter from the producers of the Oscars said: “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.”
As the popularity for zoom events and an expansion of our digital lives in general due to the coronavirus COVID-19 global epidemic crises, it is a surprise move from the organisers to be enforcing an in person event.
The reasons behind the decision to hold the event fully live in person could be in part down to the terrible reviews and viewing numbers for the Golden Globes, held online earlier this year. The Golden Globes 2021 was co-hosted by Tina Fey in New York and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles. Whilst keeping safe from COVID-19 however, it was a less than smooth performance for the event as technical difficulties plagued the set and presented a somewhat jarring performance from the two co-hosts. At one point, Fey even remarked that the whole event could have been an email.
With much tragedy and solitude over the past year, the Oscars are hoping for an “inspirational” and “aspirational” event for its viewers. In addition to banning nominees from zooming into the event, they have also encouraged specifically formal dress and said no to any casual wear. With the pandemic and lockdown restrictions seeing an emergence of comfortable zoom fashions, it will be interesting for audiences to once again see the full spectacle of Hollywood’s rich and famous.