Oscars Under Fire for Moving Editing, Cinematography Off Air: Del Toro, Cuarón, Lubezki Speak Out

IndieWire | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is once again under fire this Oscar season after announcing February 11 the four categories that will be cut from airing during the live broadcast on ABC: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The initiative was first announced last summer on the same day the Academy tried and failed to introduce the Best Popular Film Oscar, but outrage over the decision has hit a fever pitch now that the cut categories are confirmed. Guillermo del Toro, winner of Best Director and Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” last year, led the charge on social media.

“If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but – Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft,” del Toro wrote on Twitter. “They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself.”

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Del Toro was followed by a handful of directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and more. Alfonso Cuarón first weighed in by re-tweeting a Twitter user who wrote directly to him, “Please make your powerful voice heard. We’re with you. To ignore those categories is disrespectful to filmmakers efforts and creativity. Without Editing and Cinematography we have no movie and no actors, period. They are the backbone of the industry!”

Cuarón’s “Roma” is nominated for 10 Academy Awards this year and is considered the frontrunner for Best Picture and Best Director. The filmmaker is also expected to win Best Cinematography, which would be a historic moment for the Oscars as a director has never won the category for shooting his own movie. Despite the potential...
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