The 93rd annual Oscars were more lowkey than any other Academy ceremony in the past nine decades, but that doesn't mean there wasn't any controversy.
As mentioned, this year's Academy Awards weren't anything like the shows of the past — an understated red carpet event took place at a makeshift area in Union Station in Los Angeles.
The main show was much more intimate, since there was no host. Instead, a series of presenters took two categories each and spoke directly to all of the nominees.
Now, viewers generally liked this category format tweak, but weren't so keen that an Oscars mainstay was cut along with the big musical numbers and lame comedy skits.
Normally, the Oscars will introduce each of the nominated films with a clip to show the artistry that went into them — but this was scaled way back for the 2021 ceremony.
The downside of cutting the clips is that viewers who hadn't seen Judas and the Black Messiah or Minari, to name only a few of the nominees and winners, may not have had any context for the cinematography or sound categories.
Many viewers hammered home this point, with one quipping: "Mank's cinematography was beautiful. It's a good thing I remember what it looked like, seeing as this #Oscars show isn't including any clips and all."
Another echoed that view: "The way they’re presenting these awards... not working for me anymore. You want to give an award for production design or cinematography or a performance? Show me it’s deserving! It’s the first rule of Hollywood: Show, don’t tell. Where are the clips??"
As the Oscars show continued on, the complaints rolled in:
During the ceremony, the Oscars president David Rubin spoke about bringing back the full spectacle of the awards show next year — we hope clips of the nominated films will be included!
The 93rd Academy Awards were held on Sunday, April 25 from Union Station in Los Angeles and the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Complex in Hollywood.
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