Alfonso Cuarón, the director of the Oscar-nominated film Roma, has called for major changes to be made to the category system of the ceremony.
Cuarón, who wrote, directed and shot the film which has been nominated for 10 Oscars, has been left furious after the Academy originally planned to remove four categories from the live show in order to save time. What ensued was a mass Hollywood protest and the Academy reversing its decision, something Cuarón described as “inevitable” in a Variety interview at last night’s Writers Guild Awards in New York.
For a number of years now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been battling against falling viewing figures. In numerous different attempts to revamp their ceremony, the Oscars continually comes under criticism for its shortcomings.
Cuarón, not holding back in his strong words on the recent attempt to change the scheduling process, argued that the Oscars should not even be dividing subjects into specific ‘categories’,” before adding “let’s stop calling them technical categories!”
Detailing further, Cuarón added: “By calling them ‘technical’ and ‘below-the-line,’ there’s already kind of an invisible wall that creates a very false perception. They’re all artists.”