UPDATE WITH ASC open letter: Hollywood celebrated today with statements and publications on social media following the announcement by the Academy of Arts and Cinema that all awards presentations would be broadcast live during of the broadcast of the Oscars of February 24th.
Among them, Kees van Oostrum, president of the American Society of Cinematographers, the group that launched the first signs of protest of the industry, hosting an open letter from a group of fast growing signatories denouncing the Academy's plan to tighten the Oscarcast categories – cinematography, editing, makeup and hairstyle and shorts – during commercial breaks. The turmoil that followed led to the reversal of the decision today.
Here is Oostrom's new, much happier, open letter, which follows today's news, followed by further reactions when the news was announced at the deadline:
February 15, 2019
An open letter to the Academy of Arts and Film Science,
It is with great pride and respect that we write this letter in which we congratulate the Academy for reconsidering its decision and relaunching the Oscars for the purposes of cinematography, live film, editing, Makeup and Hairstyles Annual Oscars Ceremony.
From the beginning, it was clear to us that the initial decision was difficult, making your current leadership even more courageous. We believe that the founding mission of the Academy – paying tribute to its members and the film community – is best served when it continues to promote feature films as a collaborative art form.
In exploring this issue, we all recalled an important distinction: Oscars can not become just another television celebrity. Our prestigious academy has a higher purpose and must distinguish itself from other organizations by also recognizing the most outstanding artists and artisans of all categories.
We thank you for your respect for the dedicated members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition that this reversal now allows them to enjoy.
When the American Society of Cinematographers was created 100 years ago – in 1919 by our 15 founding members – one of the essential tasks of their mission was to make sure that the directors of photography did not are more considered as mere "technicians". to each production. Even today, a century later, this struggle for recognition is shared by all who work in all departments. The honor offered by the Oscars is essential to validate the assertion that whoever contributes to the making of a film is an artist.
This is what the initial group of directors of photography attest to, who wrote our original letter of response to the Academy's projects and the hundreds of filmmakers who signed it.
The CSA looks forward to working closely with the Academy as part of a joint effort to make the annual Oscars the entertaining and prestigious show we know possible!
Kees van Oostrum
President of the ASC
Guilds and affected companies also provoked further reactions: ASC saying earlier:
"We are pleased to announce that the Academy has changed its heart with regards to the upcoming Oscar presentation, in part because of CSA's open letter of protest and the many film professionals who have supported it."
Others have also weighed in:
"The academy and CAOT have always been online, so I've never been worried," said Jenni McCormick, Executive Director American film publisherswho had joined the demonstration.
IATSE Locals from all over the state have issued a statement thanking the Academy for having regained its wits.
"We welcome the reversal by the Academy of its decision to publish the presence of four categories in this year's Oscars," said a statement released by the California IATSE Council. "We believe that the ongoing recognition of the talents and artistic contributions of the director of photography, the editor, the make-up artists and the hairdressers is faithful to the long history of the Academy that honored the best directors – that" it's about faces known to the public or the unknown. faces of men and women who work behind the camera but whose contribution to the film is equally valuable.
"Everyone who works in our sector knows that filmmaking is a collaboration between many people, who bring all their artistic skills, their expertise and their love of cinema to the final result. We are happy that the Oscars are seeing this reality next Sunday. "
Locals represented in the declaration include:
IATSE Local 16 – San Francisco / Bay Area
IATSE Local 44 – Affiliated real estate craftsman
IATSE Local 80 – Handles of film production studios, craft services and first aid IATSE Local 122 – Stage Hands
IATSE Local 504 – Orange County IATSE
Local 600 – International Guild of Cinematographs
IATSE Local 695 – Production, Sound and Projection Engineers
IATSE Local 705 – IATSE Movie Consumers
Local 706 – Guild of Make-Up and Hairdressers
Local 728 of IATSE – Studio Lighting Technicians
IATSE Local 729 – Painters and Screenwriters
IATSE Local 800 – IATSE Artistic Directors Guild
Local 839 – The guild of animation
IATSE Local 857 – Treasurers and ticket salespersons
IATSE Local 871 – Scenario / Continuity Supervisors, Accountants and Allied Production Specialists
Local 884 of IATSE – Professors and Social Workers at Film Studios
IATSE Local 892 – Costume Makers Guild
Online comments were also triumphant: