The Academy backpedals decision to nix four Oscars categories from telecast
UPDATE (2/15/19): The Academy is rescinding their decision to nix four categories from its 2019 broadcast
The Academy announced Friday (February 15) that they’ve decided against their original plan to present the awards for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Live-Action Short, and Best Makeup/Hairstyling during commercial breaks.
The news comes just days after the organizers revealed plans to cut the aforementioned categories from the televised production in an effort to keep the telecast runtime under three hours.
Shortly after the news hit the internet, The Oscars found themselves inundated with criticism from the public and Hollywood A-listers alike, all of whom were quick to sound off about the decision against celebrating achievements that play pivotal roles in the filmmaking process.
“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards– Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and hairstyling,” said the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a statement. “We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.”
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As previously announced, The Academy is looking to get the show under three hours in order to prevent people from getting too bored at home. That’s being accomplished by removing categories from the broadcast, and those categories are: Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Live-Action Short, and Best Makeup/Hairstyling. Those winners will be revealed during commercial breaks.
Also today The Academy revealed that all five nominees in the Best Original Song category will get live performances. This is significant, as it was previously reported that only two would get live performances.
The decision to hide categories from the live broadcast has been controversial. To ease concerns, The Academy says that viewers will get to see a shortened version of the acceptance speeches later in the show. If you can’t wait that long, we’re also learning today that the winners will be broadcast live online.
“Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience,” Academy President John Bailey told members this afternoon. “This has been our core mission since we were established 91 years ago—and it is the same today.”
Bailey also said to expect four to six categories to be hidden behind commercial breaks every year.
The Oscars will not have a host following Kevin Hart’s sudden departure last month. Tune in for all the excitement (?) on February 24, and before then, check out all the nominees.