The Academy have reversed their decision to present awards during commercial breaks, after receiving serious backlash.
The organisers previously announced that in order to help fit the telecast into a three-hour window, the awards for film editing, make-up and hair-styling, cinematography, and live-action short would be handed out during commercial break – with the winners’ acceptance speeches airing in an edited package later in the show.
But following an outcry from major figures in the film industry, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have said that all 24 categories will be shown live at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 15, 2019
The news comes after The American Society of Cinematographers called for The Academy to rethink their decision in an open letter, which was signed by major stars including Martin Scorsese and Brad Pitt.
The letter read, “When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form.”