These Are the Four Awards You Won’t See at the Oscars
Some of the honorees will accept their statues during commercial breaks.
In a break with tradition, the 91st annual Academy Awards will present four of its golden statuettes during TV commercials.
Those awards will be for cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Academy’s board of governors approved this plan back in August in order to reduce the show’s running time to three hours, but the categories affected by the new format were not yet known.
Now, some are criticizing the move, saying it “others” the four awards and downgrades their stature.
In an email to the group’s membership on Monday, Academy president John Bailey laid out the plan for this year’s show, emphasizing 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, he said.
Additionally, Bailey explained, “with the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.”
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