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Oscars Cut Four Categories Including Cinematography & Live Action Short from Live Broadcast
13 Feb 2019 : Nathan Griffin
The Academy has revealed that the winners of four categories will be presented during the commercial break at this year’s awards ceremony, which takes place on February 24th.

The categories to be effected by this decision are Cinematography, Editing, Live-action Shorts and Hair & Make-Up. These categories will instead be taped to air later in the ABC broadcast.

The decision by the Academy and ABC (broadcasters) will see two Irish nominees effected with Irish cinematographer Robbie Ryan up for Best Cinematography for his work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘The Favourite’, while Irish producer/director Vincent Lambe is nominated in the Live Action Short category for his controversial film ‘Detainment’.

The decision has been met with anger online with many questioning the decision to cut Cinematography and Editing, two key filmmaking awards that are crucial to the art of film.

Last year’s Best Picture winner and ‘Shape of Water’ director, Guillermo del Toro tweeted:

“If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but — Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft. They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself.”

Three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (GravityBirdmanThe Revenant) took to Instagram to voice his dismay saying:

"Cinematography and editing are probably the 'elementary particles,' the primordial components of cinema. It's an unfortunate decision." 

Alfonso Cuaron, who is nominated for Cinematography at this year’s awards added:

"In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without colour, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing."

#PresentAll24 has begun to feature online in an effort to united those unhappy with the decision.

The 91st Academy Awards takes place on February 24th at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.




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