Members of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences sent a letter to its members to try to allay concerns over the decision to hold four Oscar presentations during the live broadcast of the live television program February 24th.
"As Academy officials, we wish to assure you that no awards category will be presented at the 91st Academy Awards in order to describe the achievements of its nominees and laureates as being less than the others, "says the letter. "Unfortunately, as a result of inaccurate reporting and social media postings, there was a chain of misinformation that naturally upset many members of the Academy. We would like to recall and explain the awards projects as approved by the Academy's Board of Governors. "
The agents then explained how these presentations would work:
– The 24 prize categories are presented on the Dolby Theater Stage and included in the show.
– Four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyle and Live Action Short – have been nominated by their affiliates for their nominees and winners to be announced by the presenters and included later in the show. The time spent walking on stage and outside will be removed.
– The four winning speeches will be included in the show.
– In the coming years, four to six different categories can be selected for the rotation, in collaboration with the producers of shows. This year's categories will be exempted by 2020.
– This change of show was discussed and approved by the Board of Governors in August, with the full support of the branch executive committees. These decisions are fully deliberate.
The letter indicates that the producers of shows have "paid a lot of attention to the tradition of the Oscars and to our wide audience worldwide. We sincerely believe that you will be thrilled with the show and we look forward to celebrating a great year in the movies with all members of the Academy and with the rest of the world. "
The letter was signed by President John Bailey, Vice-Presidents Lois Burwell, Sid Ganis and Larry Karaszewski, Nancy Utley, Treasurer Jim Gianopulos and Secretary David Rubin.
Just before sending e-mail to members, it was revealed that an open letter to AMPAS President, John Bailey, had been signed by more than 40 cinematographers and directors of high level, from Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino to Roger Deakins and Emmanuel Lubezki.
"Relegating these essential cinematographic arts professions to a lower status at this 91st Academy Awards is nothing short of an insult to those of us who have dedicated our lives and our passions to our favorite profession, "said the open letter.
Many asked the Academy to change course, but as this was a decision of the Board of Directors, the only way to reverse it would be to convene the body for another meeting in the next seven days.
The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24th.