Oscars to have a good time ‘Godfather,’ ‘Bond’ — and ‘Bruno’


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James Bond didn’t get an Oscar nomination this 12 months, however that doesn’t imply that he gained’t be a part of the ceremony.

It’s the sixtieth anniversary of the primary 007 film, in any case, and the fiftieth anniversary of “The Godfather” and people landmarks is not going to go uncelebrated Sunday on the 94th Oscars.

“We have now some surprises round that. Wink, wink,” Will Packer, who’s producing the present, stated Thursday.

It’s all a part of the overriding theme of the 12 months: “Film lovers unite.”


“Motion pictures are the one factor that truly do unite so many people as a world neighborhood,” Packer stated. “Motion pictures make you are feeling one thing, they encourage you, they make you aspire.”

An Oscar statue is pictured underneath the entrance to the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24, 2016, in Los Angeles. 

An Oscar statue is pictured beneath the doorway to the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24, 2016, in Los Angeles. 
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Packer was joined by hosts Regina Corridor and Wanda Sykes, director Glenn Weiss, co-producer Shayla Cowan, Oscars manufacturing designer David Korins and musical director Adam Blackstone to preview the ceremony, which is simply days away.

Amy Schumer, who’s the third host of the night, was not current however had a message that her colleagues delivered: “Don’t fear, it’s not COVID.”

They promised a crowd-pleasing night time of escape and celebration, together with a efficiency of the hit “Encanto” music “We Do not Discuss About Bruno.” Latin music powerhouses Luis Fonsi and Becky G will be a part of members of the movie’s forged throughout a efficiency of the Lin-Manuel Miranda hit, which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the academy stated.


Regardless of the success of “We Do not Discuss About Bruno,” it is not going to vie for an Oscar on Sunday. The Spanish-language music “Dos Oruguitas” is nominated for finest unique music.

And whereas there may not be a Glenn Shut “Da Butt” repeat deliberate, Sykes laughed that they talked about having Dame Judi Dench “do the worm.”

 The Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ABC. 

 The Oscars might be held on Sunday, March 27 on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The ceremony is ready to start at 8 p.m. ET and might be broadcast dwell on ABC. 
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The present is aiming to get better from final 12 months’s scores low and have made drastic strides to maintain the runtime to 3 hours, together with the controversial resolution handy out eight awards earlier than the present and edit into the dwell telecast.

“We’re going to be sure that all people has their second,” Packer stated. “It’s about celebrating probably the most proficient individuals and what they do.”

They can even return to the custom of ending the night time with the perfect image class after final 12 months’s experiment closing on finest actor. And, Packer stated, although they’ve introduced a military of high-profile presenters, from Woman Gaga to Invoice Murray, that they haven’t essentially revealed but who might be presenting the perfect image award.

As for the hosts, Sykes stated they need “everybody to have a superb time” however aren’t “going to trash anybody … none of us are imply spirited.”

The three girls will open the present collectively but in addition get solo moments to shine.


Packer stated they’ll acknowledge the state of the world respectfully, together with the pandemic and the struggle, however that he desires the night to be at the start “a celebration, a launch, an escape for individuals who actually need it.”

This combination of photos shows Regina Hall, from left, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, who are in final talks to host the 94th Academy Awards. 

This mix of photographs exhibits Regina Corridor, from left, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes, who’re in last talks to host the 94th Academy Awards. 
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Behind the scenes, the pandemic continues to be high of thoughts for these concerned, particularly after stories that some acquired COVID-19 after attending the BAFTAs in London. The Academy is requiring each attendee to submit two adverse PCR exams earlier than the present. Viewers members additionally must be vaccinated.

“We wish to be sure that all people is secure coming to the present,” stated Packer, who declined to speak about whether or not he knew of any particular person nominees who had COVID-19. “We have now a variety of protocols in place … We wish to pull off a present that retains everybody secure.”

The Oscars might be broadcast dwell Sunday on ABC starting at 8 p.m. EDT.

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