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Nominees, guests, presenters sans in-person audience for Oscars this year

Los Angeles, US, Mar 16 (efe-epa).- Only the nominees, their guests, and presenters will be allowed at the Oscars this year, as all in-person events held around the event stand canceled.

In a letter sent to the academy’s members on Monday, President David Rubin revealed some clues on what the organization would have in store for the virtual ceremony on Apr. 25.

The event was delayed by two months due to the pandemic.

The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards were announced earlier in the day.

“Mank,” directed by David Fincher, scored 10 Oscar nominations while favorite “Nomadland” garnered six.

“This year, those attending the awards in-person will be nominees, their guest, and presenters — with an audience of millions watching and cheering from all around the world,” Rubin said in the letter.

“As a result, we will not be able to conduct our annual member ticket lottery.”

The president also revealed that no in-person events would be held this year, including the Oscar nominees luncheon in the weeks preceding the awards and the Governor’s Ball held after the ceremony.

“Though we’d hoped the pandemic would be more in our rear-view mirror by the month of April, the health and safety of our members and Oscar nominees are our primary concern,” Rubin said.

“So we’ve had to make some necessary decisions about some of our highly anticipated Oscar-week events.”

During the Oscar nominations announcement, Rubin said there would be two venues for the gala: the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles (the Oscars’ usual home), and Union Station, the railway station in the Southern California city.

Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will produce this year’s ceremony along with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins.

Collins has produced events such as the Grammy Awards while Sher has earned Oscar nominations for “Erin Brockovich” (2000) and “Django Unchained” (2012).

Meanwhile, Soderbergh is an acclaimed and prolific filmmaker and has won an Academy Award for Best Director for “Traffic” (2000).

His varied filmography includes movies such as “Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy (2001, 2004, 2007), and the two-part biographical film about Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara “Che: Part One” and “Che: Part Two” (both 2008). EFE-EPA

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