The 91st edition of one of the most anticipated award nights of Hollywood – The Academy Awards, also known as Oscars, is turning out to be rather adventurous. It was on February 13, when the Academy team decided to drop four of its major award categories from the live broadcast of Oscars and would rather telecast it during the commercial breaks. Reason being, to reduce the show’s runtime to three hours. However, this decision wasn’t accepted by various filmmakers, actors and the unions representing those categories, as they criticised it out and about. A few celebrities also penned open letters, stating that this move is both reductive and insulting.
Following the outcry, in an official statement released by the Academy, it has decided to reverse the decision, which means that all the 24 categories will be shown live during the Oscars. The statement read, “The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.”
This is not the only reason behind the latest edition of Oscars making it to the news for all the wrong reasons. Earlier, the much-dramatised exit of Kevin Hart as the host bought a lot of flak, resulting in a host-less Oscars. The 91st edition of Academy Awards will air live on February 24, 2019, on ABC.