We were hoping that this would be the appropriate end to a long and hard week of debate, and indeed it is: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has just announced that it will air all 24 Oscar categories during the Academy Awards telecast live on February 24th, 2019.
In what amounted to a bad decision made worse, the Academy had previously double-downed on its decision to host the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Live Action - Short competitive Oscar categories during commercial breaks of the ABC telecast, but when that didn't fly with much of the industry, the Academy had to admit its wrongful decision. As is tradition, each Academy Award will now be presented live on air.
In a curt statement, the Academy acknowledged that it "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."
To celebrate the decision made by the Academy to air all 24 categories live next Sunday, take a watch of Roger Deakins' speech last year as he accepts the Best Cinematography Oscar for his work on Blade Runner 2049.
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