With the Oscars coming up soon, audiences are curious to see how they will shorten the award ceremony for television broadcast. President of the Academy, John Bailey, recently announced four of the awards for the Oscars will be announced and presented during commercial breaks with winners’ speeches uploaded later. Awards to be presented during commercials are Best Cinematography, Editing, Live-Action Short, and Makeup/Hair-styling.
Bailey proclaimed the awards will still be honored along with the other awards presented and that the speeches will be streamed for viewers to see. This method is being implemented for the Oscars’ evolution in a world of streaming and watching award shows online. Bailey stated, “Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience. This has been our core mission since we were established 91 years ago — and it is the same today.”
While the change is meant for the Oscars to flow more smoothly for modern audiences, many are critical of the idea that these awards are not going to be presented in their entirety. Many are saying this new mode of presentation is disrespectful for the talented filmmakers in the respective categories awarded during commercial breaks. Those involved in makeup/hair, short films, cinematography, and editing aren’t being equally recognized. Regardless of the change being made for better viewership and time reasons, this unprecedented method for awarding Oscars may create more harm than good if many filmmakers feel it is a disservice to the talented makeup artists, short filmmakers, editors, and cinematographers who all worked hard.