Oscars 'to set up satellite Academy Awards hubs' for nominees in London and Paris

While organisers are determined to have an in-person ceremony, they faced backlash from nominees amid travel restrictions

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, Oscar statuettes appear backstage at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Show producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher remain determined to have an in-person ceremony on April 25 in Los Angeles but told nominees Tuesday in a virtual meeting that they’ve added a UK hub after some backlash from nominees about international travel restrictions. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
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With less than a month until show time, organisers of the 93rd Academy Awards are looking to set up venues in the UK and France for international nominees unable to travel to Los Angeles.

Show producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins and Stacey Sher remain determined to have an in-person ceremony on April 25 in Los Angeles,  but told nominees on Tuesday in a virtual meeting that they've added a British hub after some backlash from nominees about international travel restrictions.

A Paris "satellite hub" is also planned.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2021, the main entrance of  Union Station in Los Angeles, where part of the 2021 Oscars Ceremony will take place. Next month's pandemic-affected Oscars will include an in-person British "hub" for international nominees unable to travel to Los Angeles, a source familiar with the plan told AFP on March 30, 2021. While Oscars presenters will remain at the previously announced main location in downtown Los Angeles' Union Station, producers are "planning something special for the UK location," the source said. / AFP / VALERIE MACON

The main event will still take place at LA's Union Station, which will include a red carpet component, but they are planning something special for the European locations.

They are also working with local broadcast affiliates around the world to provide satellite links for other international nominees. They said they are not totally ruling out Zoom, but are hoping it doesn't come to that.

Although plans and requirements remain fluid, attendees have been told they’re expected to quarantine for 10 days prior to the show. And everyone is being told to bring a mask, even if the show is being designed so that people don’t have to wear them on stage or in the audience. There will also be a rotation of nominees in and out of the room throughout the evening.

A story by The Hollywood Reporter said that there will be a "state-of-the-art" testing facility just for the Academy Awards and that additional quarantining costs for nominees will be offset by partnerships with airlines and hotels.

And while most of the traditional events leading up to the Oscars have been cancelled, there will be an outdoor celebration for nominees the day prior the show.

- Additional reporting from AFP and Associated Press 

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