They've had a change of heart...
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, the Academy faced backlash earlier this month when it was announced that a number of categories wouldn’t be aired.
The winners in the cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling categories weren’t going get to see their crowning moments on the telly.
But it seems organisers have had a change of heart, following a huge campaign to show all categories live on February 24th.
‘All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format,’ the organisation said in a statement.
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Oscar nominees, including Roma director Alfonso Cuaron and BlacKkKlansman filmmaker Spike Lee, are just two high profile celebrities who criticised the original move to make the ceremony shorter. The American Society of Cinematographers issued an open letter to the Academy blasting their decision.
It read: ‘When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form.
The Academy blamed it on ‘a chain of misinformation’ and revealed that all 24 categories will be shown.
It all started in August when 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.
But it looks as though everyone will get to pick up their statuette in front of the world after all.