All Oscar Categories to Air Live After Hollywood Backlash
Rock … meet hard place.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has reversed its controversial decision to hand out four Oscars during the telecast’s commercial breaks.
Following a meeting with top cinematographers, Academy leadership including president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson have pledged to air every awards category on the live show a week from today.
“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,” an Academy statement said.
Open letters from notable Hollywood talent decrying the move as reductive and insulting, on top of heavy criticism and judgment from the unions representing those categories, proved too much to handle.
The Oscars will now run well over three hours long as a result, upending an Academy goal of trimming the show to 180 minutes while giving people another reason to bitch about the broadcast.