The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has gone back on its initial decision to push four Oscar categories– cinematography, hair and makeup, live-action shorts and film editing– to commercial break during the ceremony’s live broadcast this coming Sunday.
Via Variety, the move comes following a Thursday night meeting the Academy had with top cinematographers in the industry and a lot of vocal backlash from fans and industry professionals alike.
In their statement announcing the retraction, the Academy said:
“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.”
According to the article, the ceremony will no run over three hours long. That goes against the Academy’s year-long goal of wanting to trim the broadcast to 180 minutes.
This is not the first decision regarding the upcoming show that the Academy has gone back on. A few weeks ago, they announced the creation of a new category: Best Popular Film. The Academy similarly went back on that decision follow harsh criticism and backlash.
What do you make of the Academy’s new retraction? Are you glad that all 24 categories will now be broadcast during Sunday night? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!