The Oscars: what’s different from other years? | NOW



The Oscars will finally be awarded on the night from Sunday to Monday (between 2:00 am and 5:00 am Dutch time). That shift in date – normally the statuettes are awarded at the end of February or the beginning of March – is not the only thing that is different this year. NU.nl lists everything for you.

The 93rd edition of the Oscars was rescheduled last June from February 28 to April 25 due to the major impact of the corona virus on the film world. With the decision, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted to provide filmmakers with “the flexibility they need to finish and release their films without being penalized for something no one can do anything about.”

The Oscars are broadcast from different locations, namely the Dolby Theater (traditionally the stage) and the lobby of the Union Station train station in Los Angeles. The show part takes place in Dolby Theater and the nominees are in Union Station. Apart from the nominees and their loved ones, there is no audience present.

There is also a so-called ‘hub’ in London where European nominees can also follow the ceremony. At first, the Academy wanted all contenders to come to Los Angeles, but this was soon criticized because of all the travel restrictions resulting from the corona virus.

A record number of 238 documentaries were submitted in total by makers hoping for an Oscar. That is dozens more than in previous years. Documentaries have been doing well in recent years, but the increase also seems to be due to changes in the Academy rules.

For example, a documentary could already be submitted if it had been selected for two film festivals on a list of 22 film festivals – whether they took place or not. Profit at a film festival was also a reason for submission.

Screenings in the cinema were not compulsory this year for films that wanted to compete for a prize, of course also because of the corona virus. If a movie was shown on a streaming service, via video on demand, or in a drive-in cinema, that was fine too.

In the Netherlands, the award ceremony can be followed via the Fox channel, which can be found in the channel package of Ziggo, KPN and T-Mobile.

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