Academy Awards Receives Scathing Backlash in its Decision to Pare Show

Written by on February 14, 2019

Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – In a bid to shorten the air time of the show and attract more audiences, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or more famously known as the Oscars) released a statement announcing that the categories: Cinematography, Editing, Makeup & Hair Styling and Live Action Shorts, will be awarded during the commercial breaks. Meaning, the nominees and winners won’t have a chance to be acknowledged on air with their speeches.

The Academy sent letters to its members saying that “no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others.”

This resulted in a classic backlash, just like its former decisions to streamline the show, from opposing camps such as journalists, actors, directors and other film insiders dating as far back as September of last year when the rumor mill started churning.

The decision is widely perceived as an insult to the nominees of the certain categories, reports Vanity Fair. Film industry players have spoken out through their social media accounts and open letters addressing John Bailey, the president of the Academy.

An open letter was sent to the Academy and it’s producers urging them to reverse the decision, which partly reads: “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.”

This letter was signed by numerous producers, directors and actors in the industry and even closed by quoting Seth Rogen, saying “What better way to celebrate achievements in film than to NOT publicly honor the people whose job it is to literally film things.”

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