An Oscar statue stands during a preview for the Governors Ball during 91st Annual Oscar Week in Hollywood on February 15, 2019 in California.
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The 93rd Academy Awards begin Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
It was a long way to go to the 2021 Oscars. The event, which usually takes place in February, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the first time, nominees did not have to be shown in theaters to qualify for awards.
This year’s list of winners has the opportunity to be historical. After all, the nominees have already marked a number of premieres for the almost 100-year-old ceremony.
This year marks the first time an All Black production team has been nominated for Best Picture, the first time two actors of Asian descent have been nominated for Best Actor, and the first year that two women have been nominated for Best Director were nominated.
For those looking to get ready for the annual awards show but don’t have a cable, there are plenty of options.
The ceremony can be streamed on:
- Hulu with live TV
- YouTube TV
- AT&T TV
- Fubo TV
- ABC.com or the ABC App
With filmmaker Steven Soderbergh at the helm, the ceremony itself will be different this year as well.
“Right outside the gate, people will know, ‘We have to put on our seat belts,” Soderbergh told The Associated Press last week.
He is co-producing the show with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins and will try to treat the show like a movie, not a TV show.
“At every step of the creative process of making a film, when I ask a question why something is done a certain way and the answer is ‘Because it’s always been done’ – that’s a real red flag for me, “said Soderbergh. “We all took the opportunity this year to really challenge all the assumptions that go into an award ceremony.”
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Unlike previous years, although an attempt is made to put on a red carpet show, there will be no audience and nominees will attend the event in person. The base of the show will be the Dolby Theater, but Union Station in Los Angeles and the Art Deco Mission Revival rail hub will also be featured.
It is unclear that Soderbergh’s experiments will result in strong ratings. After all, televised awards ceremonies have struggled across the board last year in attracting viewers’ attention.
The full list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards can be found here.