The Academy has officially responded to the Oscars backlash

Sam Ashurst
This year’s Oscars controversy has torn the film industry apart

Well, it had to happen. After managing to achieve the impossible by uniting everyone on Twitter against their decision to cut Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Live Action Short award speeches from this year’s live Oscars ceremony, the body behind the awards has responded.

The official statement runs as follows: “As the Academy’s officers, we’d like to assure you that no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others.”

“Unfortunately, as the result of inaccurate reporting and social media posts, there has been a chain of misinformation that has understandably upset many Academy members. We’d like to restate and explain the plans for presenting the awards, as endorsed by the Academy’s Board of Governors.”

“We’d like to restate and explain the plans for presenting the awards, as endorsed by the Academy’s Board of Governors.”

“All 24 Award categories are presented on stage in the Dolby Theatre, and included in the broadcast.”

Netflix’s Roma is one of the films affected by the decision.

“Four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short – were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out.”

“The four winning speeches will be included in the broadcast.”

“In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation, in collaboration with the show producers. This year’s categories will be exempted in 2020.”

“This change in the show was discussed and agreed to by the Board of Governors in August, with the full support of the branch executive committees. Such decisions are fully deliberated.”

“Our show producers have given great consideration to both Oscar tradition and our broad global audience.”

“We sincerely believe you will be pleased with the show, and look forward to celebrating a great year in movies with all Academy members and with the rest of the world.”

Will this statement placate the upset members of the Academy, or will they still be annoyed that these key awards will be edited down when they are eventually broadcast?

Keep an eye on Yahoo Movies UK for all the latest Oscars news to find out.

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