Oscar producer Steven Soderbergh has opened up about the decisions taken to change the show order for the 2021 ceremony and whether he regrets not allowing Zoom acceptance speeches.
In an interview published today by the Los Angeles Times, Soderbergh, who co-produced with Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, said he was not aware of the negative response to the lack of film editing because he did not read reviews.
“So the goal was really to do something else and let the academy seep through the answer and decide what they would do in the future,” Soderbergh reasoned.
Perhaps he was aware of setbacks about the unfulfilling ceremony finale where best actor winner Anthony Hopkins could not accept his award due to the no Zoom rule. The Times questioned whether, in retrospect, he would consider the decision to ban participation via Zoom. Soderbergh̵
“We thought it might be fun to mix it up, especially if people did not know it was coming,” Soderbergh said. “So it was always part of the plan. And so when the nominations came out, and there was even a chance that Chadwick could win posthumously, we felt that if he were to win and his widow had to speak on his behalf, there would be nowhere to go after it. So we stuck to it. ”
In fact, Hopkins’ victory came as a shock to many – and without a word caused a rather abrupt end to the awards show. Variety‘s film award editor Clayton Davis wrote that the new show order combined with the unexpected victory “canceled an aesthetically rich ceremony and made it a jaw-dropping and ill-recommended decision.”
However, in a post-Oscar interview with Variety, Walt Disney Television’s executive vice president of unwritten and alternative entertainment Rob Mills also explained that several categories were in a different order, not just tonight’s top awards. He described the move as a “calculated risk.” Mills added that the three producers beat the 2021 Oscars as a film, noting that he thought Soderbergh considered it as his next film.
“If there’s anyone 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 for television, he goes the same way. He did not consider this an award show, he saw it as the next project he produced. Glenn Weiss directed, but it was kind of the next Steven Soderbergh project. It’s always interesting when you have someone who does not have a price exhibition background, and that kind of took all the tools out of the toolbox and started over and really made this look cinematic this way. ”