Like the Academy doesn’t receive enough backlash as it is…. The president John Bailey announced that four categories will be awarded during the commercial breaks at this year’s Oscars. The Academy’s elected categories are cinematography, editing, live-action short and make-up/hair styling. Seems odd, as three out of the four categories are more than crucial to the making of a movie. The other reflecting the diversity of film-making. And they’re only worth talking about when not televised? No wonder A-Listers and directors are blowing up….
The Academy is removing cinematography, editing and make up from the televised show?
This is just such a fundamentally stupid decision, I’m not even going to be bothered trying to be a smart arse about it.
It’s just too fucking dumb for words.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) February 12, 2019
In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without color, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing.
— Alfonso Cuaron (@alfonsocuaron) February 12, 2019
Just Being Nominated By The Academy Is An Honour, But With Limits
Much of the fire the Academy has dealt with is the unnecessary length of the award’s show. So this unfortunate relegation follows a need to narrow the show down to a neat 3 hours. Following the news, the American Society of Cinematography president Kees Van Ostrum issued a statement. He said: “We consider film-making to be a collaborative effort where the responsibilities of the director, cinematographer, editor and other crafts often intersect. This decision could be perceived as a separation and division of this creative process, thus minimising our fundamental creative contributions”.
The Academy Award’s show audience dropped to 26.5 million last year, and this is an all-time low. Shouldn’t the Academy be then focusing on regaining it’s viewership, rather than making enemies with the most important people of the show?
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