AceShowbiz - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reserved its decision to hand out Oscars in four categories during commercial breaks of the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards. The Academy announced on Friday, February 15 that all winners would be announced during the live broadcast.
"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," the board of governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement.
The Academy previously made the controversial decision to exclude the cinematography, film editing, live-action short, and makeup and hairstyling categories from the telecast to keep the show's runtime to three hours and keep the event as streamlined as possible. The decision sparked protest among actors and filmmakers, namely Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon, Edgar Wright, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Seth Rogen and Zooey Deschanel.
Now Hollywood has celebrated after the Academy changed its plan. Jenni McCormick, executive director of the American Cinema Editors, states, "The Academy and ACE have always been in line, so I was never one bit worried."
The American Society of Cinematographers tweets, "We're happy to report that there has been a change of heart at The Academy in regard to the upcoming Oscars presentation, in part due to ASC's open letter of protest and the many motion-picture professionals who backed it."
The California IATSE Council also reacts to the Academy's decision. "We applaud the Academy's reversal of its decision to edit the presence of four categories in this year's Oscar broadcast," it says in a statement. "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."
The 91st Academy Awards will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.