Why these Oscar categories will be presented during the ads

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Awards season is in full swing. We’ve seen some amazing acceptance speeches from Sandra Oh, the BAFTAs red carpet was an A-list dream and then there was Lady Gaga dancing at the Grammys, solo, literally loving life. We’re living for that video.

But the one that we’re all waiting patiently for is the Oscars. There has already been some controversy around the Academy Awards, with Bradley Cooper revealing he felt ’embarrassed’ by the fact he wasn’t shortlisted for the Best Director award for A Star Is Born – but it’s not all bad news, as he is still set to pick up a fair few golden statuettes for his directorial debut.

However, there’s something else happening when the ceremony takes place on February 24th. Or should that be, isn’t happening. There will be a number of categories that aren’t aired.

The winners in the cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling categories won’t get to see their crowning moments on the telly.

In August, the Academy revealed that they would be taking commercial breaks over some of the categories in order to keep the run time to three hours. The Hollywood Reporter shared an email that was sent to Academy members today, with president John Bailey attempting to lift the spirits of the snubbed category nominees by insisting that their golden moment will be streamed live online and will eventually air.

He also stated that any category which lost out to adverts this time around will get a full airing in 2020, and that it’ll be rotated every year to keep things fair.

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