Academy reverses decision to give out 4 awards during commercial breaks at Oscars after outrage
All 24 categories will be announced live at the Oscars on Feb. 24, organizers said Friday, after dozens of filmmakers and actors criticized the decision to hand out four awards during the telecast’s commercial breaks in an attempt to keep the broadcast to three hours.
“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. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24,” the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement.
The decision comes days after the Academy announced that four Oscars will be handed out during commercial breaks, with the winners’ speeches to air later in the broadcast. Numerous filmmakers, including cinematography nominee Alfonso Cuaron and filmmakers such as Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon, Edgar Wright, Colin Hanks, Reed Morano, and Zooey Deschanel (whose father Caleb Deschanel is a nominated cinematographer this year) all criticized the decision for not celebrating key achievements in film. The American Society of Cinematographers released an open letter to the Academy on Wednesday, saying “relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession.”
The Academy put out a statement on Wednesday reassuring members that the winners of all four awards would have their full acceptance speeches shown, but it did little to alleviate concerns.