The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, has announced that the awards for four categories will be given out during commercial breaks during the 91st annual Oscar awards.
The four categories that will be given their awards during commercial breaks will be cinematography, film editing, live-action short, and makeup and hairstyling. The supposed goal of this is to cut the award ceremony down to a tight three hours, while “still honoring the achievements of all 24 awards on the Oscars.” The winners will still be announced as usual, and their speeches will be aired on television after the initial broadcast.
Of course, many are agitated by this change that threatens to diminish the importance of these categories by shunting them off-screen. Although these roles and the film category may not be of everyone’s interest, they’re still important and require a lot of hard work worth recognizing.
Perhaps predicting the criticism, Bailey added that these categories will have a regular spot in the 2020 Oscars, and that in future years, there will be four to six categories rotated out to commercial breaks.
Bailey also noted that, for the first time this year, there will be a genuine live stream available to watch on the Oscars site, so interested parties still can watch the awards and speeches in real time.
The 91st annual Oscars will also be broadcast on ABC on February 24, starting at 5 PM PT/8 PM EST. For more information on the 2019 nominees, check out our complete list here.