Academy Buckles: All Oscars Will Be Awarded On Live Telecast

The Playlist | 2/15/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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After a dramatic backlash from the membership, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed to reverse it’s initial decision to tape-delay four categories on the upcoming Oscars telecast. Now, all of the awards will be handed out live including Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling and Live Action short. This comes after a very public back and forth between some of the biggest names in the industry and AMPAS president John Bailey and the organization’s Board of Governors.

In a tersely worded statement, the Academy noted the change.

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“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscars presentations of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, Feb. 24.

– Office of the Board of Governors, The Academy”

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And the Academy’s Twitter account tried to bring some brevity to the situation.

Needless to say, the past six months have seen massive membership pushback on proposed “Popular Film” categories (something the industry and moviegoers even thought was unnecessary) and now what would have been a dramatic change to the telecast. What we’ve learned is that the membership is the Academy and they have...
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