The Hollywood Academy is getting used to the controversies. Or the wrong decisions, according to his critics. The institution already announced long ago that, to reduce the duration of the gala of the Oscars, whose television audience recorded its worst data in 2018, some prizes would be delivered during the advertisements. But its president, John Bailey, has now revealed the excluded categories: better editing, photography, makeup and hairdressing and short fiction. Then, the winner of last year, Guillermo del Toro, He wrote on Twitter: "Photography and montage are at the heart of our creation, they are not inherited from the theatrical or literary tradition: they represent the cinema itself". The decision of the Academy, on the other hand, will leave out of the spotlight an eventual victory of the Spanish Rodrigo Sorogoyen, who competes with Mother Oscar for the best fiction short at the ceremony on February 24.
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.
– Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 12, 2019
Even so, the institution guarantees that the public will be able to follow the gala even during the publicity, that these awards will be issued in streaming, on Oscar.com and on the ABC website, and that the acknowledgment speeches of the hidden winners will be rebroadcast "later". Bailey has also explained that the categories will rotate and that, next year, there will be four (or even six) different sections that are delivered during the announcements. The president of the Academy is also a member of the committee of directors of photography of the institution, and said that his and five professional groups more than the total 17 volunteered to be removed from the spotlight.
Last August, the Academy approved a plan with which it was committed to prevent the gala from exceeding three hours. Among other ideas, the Oscars also considered the possibility that only two of the five nominees for best song (Shallow, of A star has been born Y All The Stars, of Black Panther) were performed live during the gala. Finally, before another controversial outbreak, the proposal was modified: all the songs will sound in the ceremony, although with a maximum duration of 90 seconds.
The Academy of Hollywood has announced with several tweets some of the presenters of the gala next February 24: among them, will be the Spanish actor Javier Bardem. The others are Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa, Sarah Paulson, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne and James McAvoy.
Just one month lasted another very criticized decision of the Academy: on August 8 announced that from this year would deliver an Oscar to the most popular film, in another obvious attempt to connect more with the public; on September 7, after an avalanche of criticism, the institution recited and canceled its occurrence, waiting to reflect more on it for 2020. Finally, the nominations themselves showed, at least this year, the uselessness of the new category: three of the best film candidates, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody Y A star has been born, are, respectively, the second, seventh and 21st most viewed works of 2018 in the world.
In their most unfortunate year, the Oscars also lost their host, Kevin Hart, in the space of just two days. The comedian was put in charge of the 91st gala on December 5 Y resigned on 7: because, meanwhile, hundreds of Internet users rescued old homophobic tweets from the creator, like one of 2011 in which he said that if his son had been found playing with his daughter's dollhouse he would have broken it in his head and explained that I did not do it because it was something "gay". Finally, the Academy decided that the gala would not have a presenter, but that many movie stars would alternate on stage.
"The ways of seeing the Oscars are changing rapidly in our multimedia world and our Show It also has to evolve. The Academy Awards honor the best filmmakers and films. It is an international show, full of emotion and – we hope – emotional speeches. This year, we will also have Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will play during the In Memoriam", adds Bailey in a letter sent to all members of the institution, the president ends his letter with an enthusiastic" button up your belt! ", which alludes to the emotions of the gala. but for another reason: they are already fed up with turbulence.