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Oscar producers Shayla Cowan and Will Packer are aiming for an Oscar show that appeals to everyone

NEW YORK – The Oscars are back and Hollywood is rolling out the red carpet in front of the Dolby Theater for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, just weeks after the 2020 Academy Awards.

As a result, the sense of optimism surrounding the awards show is as upbeat as it has been in decades, with films that reflect a wide spectrum of human endeavours, promotion urging film lovers to unite and the diversity of nominees being celebrated.

At the Oscars, history is made both in front of and behind the camera, the excitement around the first trio of female presenters and the excitement of the two producers behind the scenes.

“I don’t even know how to dream bigger,” said producer Shayla Cowan. “I didn’t even know this was possible for someone who looks like me and at the level of the industry I work in, but knowing that it is, I’m excited to be the one who does it .”

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She and producer Will Packer have worked together for nearly two decades, making films like “Girls Trip,” which co-hosts Regina Hall.

“Regina Hall is like a silent assassin when it comes to comedy,” Cowan said.

Hall is equalized shot for shot by fellow hosts Wanda Sykes and Amy Schumer.

“Wanda, she doesn’t even have to open her mouth and you’re laughing because her energy is just so funny, right?” said Cowan.

Schumer, the New Yorker, is a force of nature in her own right.

“She loves being able to say whatever she wants,” Cowan said.

At the premiere of her new Hulu series, Life & Beth, what she wanted to say about Cowan was highly flattering.

“She’s a very special producer,” she said.

By their presence alone, the producers will make the show unique.

“From the beginning, Shayla Cowan and I have always said, how do we make sure this show is a show that feels like it’s for everyone?” Packer said.

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So they looked outside of Hollywood to form an all-star band of Sheila E., Travis Barker and Robert Glasper. And unlike in previous years, the moderators do not have to be part of the film world.

“We’re celebrating the industry as a whole, right?” said Cowan. “But we also celebrate everyone who loves movies.”

Hence the motto of this year’s show: “In one night, film lovers unite.”

“Having those few hours to see people laughing and looking great and celebrating is going to be really, really rewarding,” Cowan said.

Mark your calendar: March 27th is Oscar Sunday. Red Carpet special coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET 10:00 a.m. PT and continues throughout the day leading up to the 94th Academy Awards ceremony. Stay tuned to “On The Red Carpet” after the last awards show for continued coverage. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscars news and information. Click here to download our CTV apps and watch “On The Red Carpet” wherever you stream.

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