Sunday’s Oscar ceremony will surely be like no other: It is being held during a pandemic, amid unprecedented social change sweeping across America — and Hollywood — with lower-profile nominees, in an era of declining ratings and set in what some have derisively termed “a train station.” The show’s producers face an unprecedented set of challenges, but also unprecedented opportunity to reimagine Hollywood’s biggest night.
First-time producers Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins have a “manifesto” that’s guiding their work. It encompasses a filmic take on the evening that will include more storytelling — including a key storyline about masks — and a use of the refurbished splendor of L.A.’s Union Station that they say fits the event perfectly.
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