All 2019 Oscar categories to air live after outrage

All 2019 Oscar categories will air live intead of airing four of them during commercial breaks.

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The following 2019 Oscar Categories will be presented live during the telecast: cinematography, film editing, live-action shorts, and makeup and hairstyling.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has recently revealed that all 24 Oscar categories will now be presented live during its February 24, 2019 broadcast which will be on the American TV network, ABC.

The Academy also confirmed that the four categories that were originally planned to air during commercial breaks, will instead be aired live during the Oscars telecast.

This action from the Academy was due to the outrage they got from their members to present the Academy Awards in traditional format, meaning, without edits.

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, 2019.

– The board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The outrage started after Academy president John Bailey revealed the plan for the 91st Academy Awards (Oscars 2019) which included the four Oscar Categories (cinematography, film editing, live-action shorts and makeup and hairstyling) to be presented during commercial breaks.

The decision behind this is to shorten the length of the Oscar show. The involved branches in the said four categories had volunteered to take part in the new format for Oscars 2019, said the Academy. This new format will rotate to different branches every year. This means, another batch of four different categories would be presented in this new format next year, in 2020.

Because of the outcry to not implement the new format, grew, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members including president Kees van Oostrum, Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, Hoyte va Hoytema and Rachel Morrison held a meeting with Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and Academy president John Bailey (who is himself both a cinematographer and an ASC member). The said meeting was “very productive and positive” according to Van Oostrum.

On February 13, 2019, an open letter to the Academy and show producers, to reverse their plans, was posted. And it has been signed by over:

– 200 cinematographers
– 75 directors including Martin Scorsese, Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Lee
– 80 actors including Bradley Copper, Glenn Close and Emma Stone
– As well as members of other branches such as producers, editors and VFX supervisors

Since the reverse of Academy’s decision to pursue a new presentation format, the California IATSE Council released the following statement:

We applaud the Academy’s reversal of its decision to edit the presence of four categories in this year’s Oscar broadcast. We believe the continued recognition of the talents and artistic contributions of the cinematographer, editor, and the makeup artists and hairstylists are true to the Academy’s long history of honoring the best in filmmaking—whether that means the faces known to the public or the unknown faces of the men and women who work behind the camera but whose contribution to the film is equally valuable. Everyone who works in our industry knows that the making of a film is a collaboration of many people, all of whom bring their artistic skills, craft, and love of motion pictures to the end result. We are glad that the Oscar audience will see that reality next Sunday.

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