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Oscars 2019: Academy reverses category change after Hollywood protest


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has relented on its plans to change the scheduling process of the 2019 Oscars after a mass Hollywood protest.

The likes of Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee and Spike Jonze followed public criticism led by Guillermo del Toro by writing an open letter to The Academy asking them to change their plans to announce certain award winners during advertisement breaks in a bid to shorten the lengthy time of the Oscars ceremony.

As the Oscars try to keep audiences engaged amid dropping viewing figures, it has been revealed that four winners will be denied their chance on world television to accept their award. The affected categories are Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short and the category of Makeup and Hairstyling.

Now though, the Academy has reversed its decision amid the protest. “The Academy 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,” an Academy statement said.

[MORE] – Read the full open letter written by Scorsese, Tarantino and Spike Lee and more