Oscar producer Steven Soderbergh revealed the decisions made to change the order of the show at the ceremony in 2021 and whether he regrets that he did not allow speeches to accept Zoom.
In an interview published today by the Los Angeles Times, Soderbergh, who co-produced with Stacey Cher and Jesse Collins, said he was unaware of the negative response to the lack of film editing because he did not read reviews.
“So the goal was to really do something different and let the academy sift through the answer and decide what to do next,” Soderbergh said.
Perhaps he was aware of the reaction to the finale of the unfinished ceremony, during which the winner of the best actor Anthony Hopkins failed to accept his award due to the rule without scaling. The Times questioned whether, looking back, it would reconsider its decision to ban Zoom presence. Soderbergh̵
“We thought it might be fun to confuse it, especially if people didn’t know it was coming,” Soderbergh said. “So it was always part of the plan. And then, when the nominations came out and Chadwick even had a chance to win posthumously, our feeling was that if he won and his widow had to speak on his behalf, we would have nowhere to go after that. So we stayed with him. “
In fact, Hopkins’ victory was shocking to many – and without a word, it caused a rather sharp end to the awards. DiversityFilm Awards editor Clayton Davis wrote that the show’s new line-up, combined with the unexpected victory, “canceled an aesthetically rich ceremony and turned it into an unpleasant and unreasonable decision.”
In an interview after the Oscars, however, with Diversity, Walt Disney Television Executive Vice President of Alternative and Alternative Entertainment Rob Mills also explained that many categories are in a different order, not just the biggest awards of the evening. He described the move as a “calculated risk”. Mills added that the three producers will release the Oscars in 2021 as a film, noting that he thinks Soderbergh sees it as his next film.
“If there’s one person who looks at it that way, it’s Steven Soderbergh,” Mills said. “If you look at his filmography, whether it’s a feature or something about television, he tells the same story. He did not see this as a reward, but as the next project he produced. Directed by Glenn Weiss, it was something like Steven Soderbergh’s next project. It’s always interesting when you have someone who has no experience of rewarding and he took all the tools out of the toolbox and started over and really made it look cinematic that way. “