In a decision that is bound to upset many, the Academy Awards for cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup & hairstyling will be presented during commercial breaks this year, claims a report by Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy’s board of governors had in August last year approved a plan to present some of the 24 awards categories during breaks in order to restrict the show’s running time to three hours. Then, however, the categories that will be affected had not been decided.
In an email to the group’s membership on Monday, Academy president John Bailey emphasized that the Academy was “still honoring the achievements of all 24 awards on the Oscars.” He added that speeches of the winners of the affected categories will air later in the broadcast.
He explained, “with the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.”
Reactions to the Academy’s decision have started pouring in on Twitter and as one would expect, most of them are negative. While one user said that the move was “utterly shocking,” another said that the Academy should be “ashamed.”
— Ronak Kamat (@Ronak_Kamat) February 12, 2019
The irony is that you need an editor for montages.
— loo SHAG! The Movie brolly (@iamBevRage) February 11, 2019
This makes that “popular film” idea look like a good decision
— Clay Kaytis (@ClayKaytis) February 12, 2019
That’s utterly nonsensical! The filming and editing are fundamental to the existence of the medium! I suggest cutting down on the filler and bits. You can do it. Put your heads together.
— D.C. Douglas 🍸 (@DC_Douglas) February 12, 2019
The 91st Oscars will be broadcast by ABC on February 24.