The Academy of Arts and Sciences of Cinema is backing down.
By Colin Stevens
UPDATE FEBRUARY 15: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed its position to not broadcast four categories during this year's Academy Awards, following a public outcry.
"The Academy has heard the reactions of its members regarding the awarding of four Oscars: cinematography, editing, short live, and makeup and hairstyling. All Oscars will be presented without modifications, in our traditional format. We are looking forward to the Oscars Sunday, February 24, "said the Academy in a statement.
The Academy initially announced that it would announce the winners in the categories of cinematography, editing, live shorts, make-up and hairstyle during commercial breaks, omissions that provoked fierce reactions from industry personalities such as Guillermo del Toro and Quentin Tarantino. .
The original report follows.
This year, the Academy of Arts and Film Science will award four Oscars to the Oscars during commercial breaks, and many in Hollywood are not at all happy with this decision.
The four categories that will not be broadcast live are cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairdressing, and live-action short films. Winning speeches will however be included later. The abolition of cinematography and film editing from live broadcasting, in particular, provoked the fury of many industry players. Given that they are perhaps the two most important acts that make up cinema, it is not surprising.
Reposting, revised: I would not suggest which categories should appear in the commercials at the Oscars, but, please: Cinematography and editing are at the heart of our business. They are not inherited from a theatrical or literary tradition: they are the cinema itself.
– Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 13, 2019
In response to this decision, big names in Hollywood and Academy members such as Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Roger Deakins, Christopher Nolan, Spike Lee, Denis Villeneuve and many others have signed a letter to the academy imploring him to reconsider his decision. The complete letter can be read here.
"The Academy was founded in 1927 to recognize and defend excellence in the cinematographic arts, inspire the imagination and help connect the world through the film's universal medium," writes the letter. "Unfortunately, we have moved away from this mission to continue presenting shows rather than presenting a celebration of our art form and the people who make it up."
The letter ended by saying, "To quote our colleague Seth Rogen"What better way to celebrate film achievements than to NOT publicly honor the people who literally film things."
In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without color, without history, without actors and without music. No film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing.
– Alfonso Cuaron (@alfonsocuaron) February 12, 2019
By deadline, shortly after the publication of the letter, the Academy issued an official response in which it was written: "As officials of the Academy, we wish to make sure that you are in charge. No awards category at the 91st Oscars will be presented in such a way as to represent the achievements of its nominees and winners as much as any other. Unfortunately, as a result of inaccurate reporting and social media postings, a series of misinformation has naturally displeased many members of the Academy. "
The response goes on to reiterate that the four winning speeches for these categories will be aired during the broadcast, although it is not live. The four categories have been proposed by their branches and the winner will spend time walking up to the stage, to reduce the duration of the show.
In the future, four to six different categories can be selected in turn. This year's four categories will be exempted by 2020. The Governing Council decided to do so in August with the full support of the executive committees of the sections.
The 91st edition of the Oscars had a difficult time before its broadcast on February 24th. Kevin Hart left his post as host after the Academy asked him to publicly apologize for the past tweets that had been deemed homophobic. Since then, Dwayne Johnson has revealed that he had refused the concert and that Oscars without a host and the academy willing to host the Avengers have surfaced.
In the meantime, find out where you can cast this year's nominees and find out what we believe to be the biggest knockouts of this year's Oscar nominations.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow on Twitter.