In a shocking move, the Academy has announced that all you need to attend is a PCR Covid test or the not always accurate rapid antigen test but - no vaccine. Well, the Academy is living dangerously as Omicron BA.2 is now spreading and deemed 50% more contagious than BA.1 and as the World Health Organization just said that the virus is not at all done with us as this sub variant spreads through Europe and is now throughout the US and making its way around each week. The Oscars will be back at the Dolby theater March 27. The Hollywood Reporter says the Academy will not ask for proof ot vaccine with or without a booster. The Academy requires its own employees to be vaccinated (with rare medical expansions) The Hollywood Reporter writes that with this position on vaccinations, the organization is technically adhering to the latest minimum requirements from the Los Angeles Department of Health. But the other major award shows that precede it are not opening their doors to anyone who is not vaccinated. The head of the largest movie critics organization the Critics Choice Association, has our
awards March 13th and our head COO Joey Berlin says "We will be 100% vaccinated and
require a negative PCR Test too within 48 hours of the event. I Can't invite people to a
show where they're not going to feel safe" Bravo Joey. Anything less is truly out of touch and disrespectful to everyone invited.
And with double vaccination not nearly enough now as vaccines wore off, the SAG awards
goes one step farther: Their awards are Feb. 27 and all ticketed attendees will be required
to show proof of vaccination PLUS booster if eligible, proof of a negative PCR test within
48 hours and negative antigen (rapid) test the day of the event. Now that is admirable
and just smart.
Meantime - with the nominations - more shocks included no Lady Gaga or Jared Leto for House of Gucci, no matter what you think of the film Gaga was worthy. Spiderman was left out after making over $748 million domestically alone, No Way Home was snubbed, even though it made a domestic gross of more than $748 million and was a fan favorite, and director Denis Villeneuve of the technical hit Dune is out, even though his sci-fi film did get nominated in other categories.
What did get nominated was “The Power of the Dog” which leads with more Oscar nominations than any movie this year with 12, Drive My Car surprisingly did better than expected, Kenneth Branagh's black and white Belfast made him the first person to be nominated in seven different categories and Flee, the animated documentary about an Afghan refugee is now the first movie every to get nominated for best documentary animated and international film (formerly foreign film) in the same year.
Best director nominee Steven Spielberg also set a new record as a producer of "West Side Story," which has a total of seven nominations, Spielberg has now produced 11 films nominated for best picture and that is a new record for the Oscars. He also did it in every decade in our lifetime.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
ANIMATED SHORT FILE
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING