February 12, 2019
Awards

Alfonso Cuarón Responds to Academy's Decision to Not Air Cinematography and Editing Awards

He is not pleased.

After the recent decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to not feature the presentation of the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Hair & Makeup awards on the upcoming telecast of the 91st annual Academy Awards, many filmmakers and industry players have taken to social media to voice their disapproval.

One, in particular, that has caught our eye is from director Alfonso Cuarón, whose Roma is nominated for 10 Academy Awards and, yes, is the frontrunner to win the Best Cinematography Oscar on Sunday, February 24th. Cuarón went on Twitter this morning to tweet out the following announcement (featured below). 

 

It does seem extremely off-putting that below-the-line talent who's achievements literally make up much of the moviemaking process is being placed during the commercial breaks for no one to see. Isn't the evening supposed to be celebrating all aspects of storytelling? Did they choose those four awards out of a hat to ultimately not feature on the telecast?

Only time will tell how (or if) the Academy will rectify this situation given the immense public outcry. The Academy has already announced that they will be airing those four award presentations live on Oscar.com, just not on the official broadcast. Is that good enough? 

Let us known down in the comments below.      

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But why does this matter, at all?!

February 12, 2019 at 12:37PM

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Because spend their life wanting their work to get recognized and when it finally happens on this scale, no one gets to see it because it's during a commercial break.

February 12, 2019 at 2:03PM

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Alex Alva
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Why does recognition matter though?
I'm not trying to be a troll or argue for the sake of looking cool but, I've posted this on another article on here too:
It has no real relevance
Also, if you want recognition, what happened to being just proud of your work?
And if you want to celebrate films, why in such a niche way? These big awards ceremonies don't celebrate 95% of the market at all, film festivals do this in a much better way and far broader way.

February 13, 2019 at 5:03AM

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Because it's crazy good for your career to win an oscar.

February 13, 2019 at 5:31AM

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Emil F. Skanning
Writer, Director, Editor
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So that's the only reason? Because it's good for your career

February 13, 2019 at 8:36AM

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...is that not a good enough reason to want to win an Oscar?

February 13, 2019 at 11:54AM

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Alex Everingham
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No. Dum dum.

February 13, 2019 at 1:55PM

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That is not enough. The young filmmakers of tomorrow won't have a chance to be inspired like some of the filmmakers today because they won't be watching it online.

And all 24 categories should have the same amount of recognition because all of them together is what makes a film.

February 12, 2019 at 12:42PM

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Matt Iacono
Cinematographer
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It's hard to argue with his point ...

February 12, 2019 at 1:33PM

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“Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.”

February 12, 2019 at 3:36PM

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Dylan Sunshine Saliba
Cinematographer
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Yeah, well editors, makeup professionals, and cinematographers aren't jedi, they're hardworking, essential professionals whose efforts are being overlooked explicitly in favor of others in their same field, simply because less people know their names. For you to expect them to take it on the chin like some fantasy ascetic is actually pretty insulting.

February 12, 2019 at 5:08PM, Edited February 12, 5:09PM

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Oh yea and Cinematographers, Editors, Short Film makers & MUA's are REAL.

February 12, 2019 at 6:45PM

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well... its just the way the oscars its saying fuck off and good bye.

February 12, 2019 at 10:45PM

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They should cut 10 - 15 min of the red carpet sale BS and respect the artist that make the films.

... OR have the casts nominated for Costume Design and Hair and Makeup, Show up in full wardrobe / makeup "cosplay style" and announce those two awards on the red carpet.

February 13, 2019 at 2:09AM

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urban revolution
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Boycott

February 13, 2019 at 8:12AM

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"All them eager actors gladly taking credit
For the lines created by the people tucked away from sight"
- Blame it on the Tetons, anyone?

February 13, 2019 at 9:04AM

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Sam Hakes
Director / Producer
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Alfonso Cuarón served as his own DP for Roma. Maybe he wants that award?

February 13, 2019 at 11:59AM

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Love me some Star Wars references and "dum-dum" insults.

February 14, 2019 at 7:15AM

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Joseph Arant
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