In an interview published today with the Los Angeles Times, Soderbergh, who has been a producer alongside Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, said he was unaware of the negative response to the lack of film edits because that he didn’t read the reviews.
“So the goal was to really do something different and let the academy sift through the answer and decide what they would do in the future,” reasoned Soderbergh.
Perhaps he was aware of the backlash from the unsatisfactory ceremony finale, in which best actor winner Anthony Hopkins was unable to accept his award due to the no-zoom rule. The Times wondered if, in hindsight, it would rethink the decision to ban participation through Zoom. Soderbergh’s response was a prompt: “No”. Still, he maintains that the decision not to end the series with the standard Best Picture award was a respectful conscience.
“We thought it would be fun to mix things up, especially if people didn’t know it was going to happen,” Soderbergh said. “So it was still part of the plan. And then when the nominations were released and there was even the possibility that Chadwick could win posthumously, our feeling was that if he won and his widow spoke for him, there would be nowhere. where to go after that. So we stick with it.
Indeed, Hopkins’ victory came as a shock to many – and without speech, brought about a rather abrupt end to the awards show. VarietyThe film’s awards editor Clayton Davis wrote that the show’s new order combined with the unexpected victory “canceled an aesthetically rich ceremony and made it a mind-boggling and ill-advised decision.
However, in a post-Oscar interview with VarietyRob Mills, executive vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, also explained that many categories were in a different order, not just the main awards for the night. He described the move as a “calculated risk”. Mills added that the three producers presented the 2021 Oscars as a movie, noting that he thought Soderbergh saw it as if it was his next movie.
“If there’s one person who would look at it like that, it’s Steven Soderbergh,” Mills said. “If you watch his filmography, whether it’s a feature film or something for television, he does it the same way. He didn’t see it as a reward, he saw it as the next project he produced. Glenn Weiss directed, but it was sort of Steven Soderbergh’s next project. It’s always interesting when you’ve got someone who doesn’t have any rewards experience and kind of took all the tools out of the toolbox and started over and really made that look filmy that way. .