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Eight awards will not be broadcast live this year (exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter

Some of the 23 categories that were shown live during last year’s 93rd Academy Awards telecast will be presented during the 94th Academy Awards telecast on March 27. The Hollywood Reporter have learned.

In a move that is already causing tension within Academy leadership but is likely to resonate with the general public, eight awards are presented and accepted – documentary, film editing, make-up/hairstyling, original music, production design, animated short, live-action short and sound – takes place at the Dolby Theater an hour before the live broadcast begins, is taped and then edited into the live broadcast that follows, a variation on a controversial approach the Academy initially took and then abandoned in 2018. (The Tony Awards use a similar model.)

The Academy declined to comment.

The move comes less than a year after the lowest-rated Oscars show ever hit the ranks of the Academy’s longtime broadcast partner, ABC, which owns the exclusive rights to air the ceremony through 2028 and whose fees largely fund its operations Has caused consternation of the Academy.

Most of the six most popular Oscar categories – best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress – if any. But the academy has always felt pressure to present all of its competitive Oscars on-air to keep the peace within its own board of governors, which includes representatives from the academy’s 17 branches, at least one of which is now presented honoring people the profession of its members and wants them to be equal to actors, directors and producers.

The academy announced in August 2018 that several awards would be presented from the air at the 91st Academy Awards, but a major industry backlash caused the organization to back down the move.

Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Syke will host the 94th Academy Awards.

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Updated: Here’s the letter the Academy just sent to its members…

Dear Academy Members,

We are pleased to present a 94th Oscars that both recognize the year’s cinematic achievements and provide limitless entertainment for our global audience of film lovers. After listening closely to the feedback and suggestions from our film community, our network partner, and everyone who loves the Oscars, it was obvious that we needed to make some decisions about the show that were in the best interest of our show’s future and ours are organization.

When deciding how the Oscars will be produced, we recognize that this is a live event television show and we need to prioritize the television audience to increase viewer retention and keep the show vital, kinetic and relevant. This has been a major point of discussion for quite some time. We do this while also remembering the importance of our nominees enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To allow for more time and opportunity for entertainment and audience engagement through comedy, musical numbers, film clip packages and film tributes, a change in the show’s production will take place. This year’s show producers and the academy board overseeing the Oscars, with the approval of those responsible and the awards committee, have decided that each award category must be shown on the televised broadcast, although eight awards will initially be presented at the Dolby Theater in the hour before the live broadcast begins.

you will be not still be presented on the red carpet in the pre-show, as some have speculated. Instead, the in-person ceremony at the Dolby Theater begins an hour earlier to present eight award categories before the live broadcast begins. These presentations are then edited by our creative and production teams and seamlessly inserted into the live TV show.

For the avoidance of doubt, all nominees in ALL award categories will be announced on air and acceptance speeches from ALL winners will be broadcast live. Every award-winning filmmaker and artist in every category will have the celebratory “Oscar moment” they deserve on stage at Dolby in front of a rapturous audience.

For audiences at home, the flow of the show doesn’t change, although it gets tighter and more electric with this new cadence, and the live broadcast – yes, with the Best Picture category – was due to end after three hours.

This year, the categories presented in the first hour of the evening and seen later in the live broadcast are alphabetically: Documentary (Short Subject), Film Editing, Make-up and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Short Film (animated), short film (live action) and sound.

The categories presented live on this year’s show are sorted alphabetically: Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature, Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Director, Documentary (Feature). ), International Feature Film, Music (Original Song), Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and Writing (Original Screenplay).

We recognize that these types of changes may raise fairness concerns, and we appreciate your understanding that our goal has been to strike a balance where nominees, winners, members and viewing audience can all have a worthwhile show experience to have. Going forward, we will evaluate this change and continue to explore additional ways to make our show more fun and exciting for everyone involved, both at the Dolby Theater and from home.

Each branch of the academy and each award category is essential to a film’s success and vital to this industry. Both our challenge and goal is to create an exciting, streamlined Oscar show without sacrificing the long-held foundations of our organization. We thank you for your understanding and thank you for your unwavering support.

sincerely,

David Rubin

President of the Academy

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