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

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

The Academy will reportedly allow British nominees to take part in the Oscars from London, after earlier warning that appearing via Zoom was not an option.

The 93rd Academy Awards will take place on 25 April in the US with an in-person event at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Some live elements of the show will be included from the ceremony’s usual home of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

After nominees were earlier told a virtual appearance was not allowed, producers for the ceremony have said they will set up “hubs” in London and Paris to make it easier for Europe-based stars, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Academy, the body that oversees the Oscars, is still encouraging anyone who can safely and legally travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony to do so, the Reporter said.

Coronavirus is surging across much of Europe and nominees busy with productions around the world may find it challenging to make the show while grappling with different quarantine and travel rules.

Asked about Zoom appearances, film-maker Steven Soderbergh, one of the producers of the broadcast, reportedly told the nominees “we hope it doesn’t come to that”. The Academy has been contacted for comment.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Olivia Colman, Daniel Kaluuya, Riz Ahmed and Carey Mulligan are among the British acting nominees.

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Read the original article at The Guardian

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