The Academy would allow British nominees to attend the London Oscars, after warning earlier that appearing via Zoom was not an option.
The 93rd Academy Awards will be held on April 25 in the United States with an in-person event at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. Some live elements of the show will be included from the ceremony’s usual home, the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
After nominees were told earlier that a virtual appearance was not allowed, ceremony producers said they would set up ‘hubs’ in London and Paris to make it easier for stars based in Europe , according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy, the body that oversees the Oscars, still encourages anyone who can safely and legally travel to Los Angeles for the ceremony to do so, the reporter said.
The coronavirus is on the rise in much of Europe and nominees busy with productions across the world may find it difficult to put on a show while struggling with different quarantine and travel rules.
Asked about Zoom’s appearances, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, one of the show’s producers, reportedly told the nominees “we hope it doesn’t come to that”. The Academy has been contacted for comment.
British nominees are Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Olivia Colman, Daniel Kaluuya, Riz Ahmed and Carey Mulligan.
Emerald Fennell is nominated for Best Director while singer Celeste is nominated for Best Song.
The Academy has not said where the hub will be in London. The ceremony takes place in the early hours of April 26 in the UK.
Other international hopes include Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round), Bulgarian star Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Maria Bakalova and South Korean best supporting actress named Youn Yuh-Jung (Minari).
The foreign films nominated this year are from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Hong Kong, Romania and Tunisia.
In a letter to the nominees earlier this month, the Academy said it would accept awards on behalf of any winner who could not attend the ceremony.
He said, “For those of you who cannot attend due to the schedule or continued travel discomfort, we want you to know that there will be no zoom in option for the show.
“We’re doing everything we can to provide a safe and ENJOYABLE night out for all of you in person, as well as all of the millions of moviegoers around the world, and we believe the virtual will diminish those efforts.”
Attendance at the ceremony will be limited, it was previously announced, with a stripped-down red carpet and media presence among pandemic-era concessions.
For those who succeed, the event will feature a sort of red carpet, as the nominees will enter and exit Union Station as their categories arrive.
In a nod to some of the casual dress choices seen at Virtual Globes, the nominees were also told that “formal is totally cool if you want to go, but casual really isn’t.
The awards shows have struggled to attract viewers amid the health crisis. The Golden Globes were held in February and fell to a 13-year low in terms of viewing. Likewise, the Grammys recorded their lowest audience, despite a list of star performers.