Mumbai: The Oscar goes to… well, the winners in eight different categories at the 94th Academy Awards will miss hearing these four iconic words. Yes, you read that right. This year, Oscar will present awards in eight categories off air on March 27. The decision has been taken after a letter was sent to the Academy members by AMPAS president David Rubin.
We must prioritize the television audience to increase viewer engagement and keep the show vital, kinetic, and relevant,” Rubin wrote in the letter according to CBS News.
So, eight major awards in the categories such as film editing, makeup and hairstyling, music (original score), production design, short film (animated), short film (live action), documentary (short) and sound will be presented off air on ABC. This has been done to reduce the running time of the award function. Last year, the Academy Award hit a record low when only 9.85 million people tuned in.
In fact, to air all the 23 Oscar categories live has been a topic of discussion for a long time. In the year 2019, the Academy planned to air makeup and hairstyling, live-action short, editing and cinematography in a bit tapered format. However, there was backlash and the Academy returned to its original format.
This move hasn’t gone down well with the cinelovers across the globe. The American Cinema Editors said, “We are deeply disappointed by the Academy’s decision to alter the way certain categories, including film editing, will be presented in the Oscars telecast. It sends a message that some creative disciplines are more vital than others. Nothing could be further from the truth and all who make movies know this. As a group of artists wholly dedicated to advancing the art and prestige of film editing, we passionately believe that editing — and all other creative disciplines that are part of the collaborative art of filmmaking — should be treated equally. Our contributions to that collaboration may sometimes appear invisible but they are undeniable. We hope that film editors and other artists affected by this change will be honored and celebrated with the passion, dignity and inclusion they deserve.”
Netizens have called out the Academy Awards for their ‘step motherly treatment’ to the film editors, cinematographers, documentarians, makeup artists, hair stylists, animators who wouldn’t get to enjoy their ‘Oscar moment’ on live broadcast. #PresentAll23 has been trending on Twitter ever since the Academy made the announcement to present eight awards before the live telecast.
This year, the Academy has also started an online contest on Twitter which is open to public voting known as Oscar’s Fan Favourite. In this contest, fans will have the chance to vote by tweeting their favourite movie with the hashtags: #OscarsFanFavorite and #OscarsCheerMoment.