In a bid to improve their drastically dropping viewing figures, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans to reveal 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, 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,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On top of this news, Academy president John Bailey has confirmed plans to test out online streaming during parts of this year’s ceremony which takes place on February 24th: “With the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience,” he said. “Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.”
The winners of the aforementioned categories will be announced during the advertisement break and their speeches aired later in the show via the telecast.
On top of that, it was initially speculated that some live performances of ‘Best Song’ nominees would be scrapped as well. However, it has since been confirmed that all five nominees will be granted their customary performance.
Bailey did go on to mention that the chosen four categories to miss out this year will be guaranteed airtime in 2020, opening the door to a potential rotation policy when it comes to missing out.