Oscars reverse decision to present some awards during ad breaks
The decision came after there was major backlash.February 17, 2019
After receiving major backlash, the Oscars have decided to cancel their decision to air certain awards during commercial break.
The Academy Awards ceremony was initially going to present the awards for cinematography, film editing, live action short and makeup and hairstyling during TV breaks instead of airing them live.
However, many filmmakers signed an open letter to the organizers of the Oscars to reverse the decision. The filmmakers include Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Guillermo del Toro, Sandra Bullock and more.
“When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the Academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form,” the letter reads.
Now, you can read the entire letter and full list of those who signed it here.
Now, the Academy has reversed the decision based on the negative feedback from the entertainment community.
“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,” the officers of the Academy’s board of governors said to Deadline. “All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.”
This is far from the only drama surrounding the Oscars. The award ceremony decided to forgo a host for the first time in 30 years. The decision came after Kevin Hart stepped down as host after a series of homophobic tweets of his resurfaced.
In fact, Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman suggested Alicia Keys as a possible host after her performance at the Grammys. He also suggested she host the anniversary shows of Warped, which would definitely be an unlikely mashup.
In nominee news, the Favourite and Netflix’s Roma tied for the most nominations with 10 each. Plus, some of our favorites—A Star Is Born, A Quiet Place, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Incredibles 2—are up for a handful of awards.You can see the full list of Oscar nominees here.
The 91st Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
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