The “No Zoom” policy for this year’s Oscars proves a headache for several nominees living outside the United States and who are still under the limits of the pandemic, according to Hollywood publications.
Variety and Deadline Hollywood reported on Wednesday that publicists and some studio directors complained to the Film Academy about logistics, cost and quarantine issues raised by the decision to ban nominees from remote participation.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is organizing the ceremony, did not return a request for comment on the reports.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the April 25 show, which will deliver the most honors in the film industry, will be held both at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and at the traditional Oscar home at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
The producers said last week that “there will be no possibility to enlarge the show” and encouraged the nominees to attend in person.
At least nine nominees, including director of the promising young woman Emerald Fennell and star Carey Mulligan, live in Britain. England is expected to ban unimportant international travel until mid-May next week.
Representatives of five international feature films – reported by Denmark, Hong Kong, Romania, Tunisia and Bosnia – could also face obstacles to coming to Los Angeles, Variety and Deadline noted.
Some of the other 200 or so nominees will work on productions that require quarantine or living in limited “balloons” with the cast and crew, the publications write.
Visitors to California are currently expected to be quarantined for 10 days. Travelers to countries outside the United States are also subject to various quarantine requirements.
Variety said a meeting had been canceled this week to discuss issues between the Academy, directors of film studios and publicists.
Other awards in recent months have replaced the usual in-person gatherings at gala dinners and on-stage pre-recorded performances or virtual events or a combination of those with small in-person gatherings.
But television audiences have fallen, and the Golden Globes and Grammys have attracted the lowest numbers in decades.