Steven Soderbergh is going to the Oscars – as a producer of the show.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC on Tuesday reported a threesome of achieved makers who will supervise the 2021 honor show that incorporates the Oscar-winning Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Erin Brockovich”), Emmy-designated maker Jesse Collins and Oscar-named maker Stacey Sher.
This will be their first time producing the show.
“The upcoming Oscars is the perfect occasion for innovation and for re-envisioning the possibilities for the awards show. This is a dream team who will respond directly to these times,” said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a joint proclamation. “The Academy is excited to work with them to deliver an event that reflects the worldwide love of movies and how they connect us and entertain us when we need them the most.”
Typically held in February or March to finish off Hollywood’s honors season, the Oscars will this year occur in April because of postponements brought about by the Covid pandemic.
“We’re thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Because of the extraordinary situation we’re all in, there’s an opportunity to focus on the movies and the people who make them in a new way, and we hope to create a show that really FEELS like the movies we all love,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh in a joint statement.
Collins has delivered numerous entertainment expos and TV specials including the Grammy Awards and the BET Awards. Sher is an Oscar-designated maker known for films like “Django Unchained” and “Erin Brockvich.”
The Academy Awards airs Sunday, April 25, 2021.