Academy Unveils 4 Oscar Categories to Be Presented During Commercial Breaks
We’ll say this up front: the people who are bitching about the Academy presenting 4 award categories during commercial breaks are the same ones who always bitch about the broadcast being too long. They can’t have it both ways.
The Academy announced on Monday that the Oscars for best cinematography, film editing, live-action short, and makeup + hairstyling will be presented during commercial breaks for the 91st Annual Academy Awards in order to reduce the broadcast running time to 3 hours.
In an email to the group's membership yesterday, Academy president John Bailey laid out the plan for this year's show. He remarked that the Academy is "still honoring the achievements of all 24 awards on the Oscars." In the case of the four categories that will be announced during commercial breaks, the winners' speeches will air later in the broadcast.
Bailey, who also sits on the board of governors as a representative of the cinematographers branch, said the executive committees of six of the Academy's 17 branches volunteered to have their respective awards presented under the new system, and that the Academy selected four of them. In future years, four to six different categories may be selected on a rotating basis, in collaboration with the show producers.
The four categories that are getting the abbreviated treatment this year will be guaranteed a regular spot on the 2020 broadcast.