The first Oscars in the pandemic era are presented



Movie-industry gala has its traditional telecast on ABC

Amanda Seyfried and Gary Oldman star in “Mank,” the most-nominated film in the 93rd Oscar ceremony, which ABC televises Sunday.

Ben Mankiewicz would be interested in the Oscars anyway, but this year, the film industry’s top event also is very much a family matter for him.

The longtime Turner Classic Movies host is the grandson of Herman J. Mankiewicz, the co-writer (with director and title star Orson Welles) of 1941’s legendary “Citizen Kane” — and the subject of “Mank,” the most-nominated picture in the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, to be staged in the coronavirus-pandemic era for the first time as ABC televises it Sunday, April 25. The show will be broadcast principally from Los Angeles’ Union Station, permitting social distancing for attendees, while the traditional Oscar setting of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre still will be used for certain elements of the special.

ABC televises the movie industry’s 93rd Oscar ceremony Sunday.

Nominated for best picture, “Mank” is in the running for a total of 10 Oscars also including best actor (Gary Oldman), supporting actress (Amanda Seyfried) and director (David Fincher). “It’s a very particular movie about the struggles of an artist who sort of hated himself and hated the business and couldn’t get out of his own way,” Ben Mankiewicz reflects, “but he was the guy everybody wanted to be around. He was the smartest, funniest guy in the room.”

While he normally is analytical when it comes to movies, Mankiewicz notes that “what makes me emotional” about “Mank” is that his late father, veteran political insider Frank Mankiewicz, “didn’t get to see this movie about his father. He would have loved it. And to me, it is precisely how he talked about his dad. Gary Oldman captured what my image was of my grandfather perfectly, and I imagine it is locked into Gary Oldman for the rest of my life.”

Following are the nominees in several categories in the 93rd Oscars.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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