After unprecedented backlash to their decision to present four Oscars during commercial breaks, the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has caved and decided to present all 24 awards live. As it was meant to be.
Variety reported today that after a Thursday night meeting with top cinematographers, Academy leadership including President John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson have vowed to air every awards category on the live show, which airs February 24.
This is after having lambasted on Twitter by the likes of past Oscar winners including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Russell Crowe and William Friedkin. And receiving an open letter signed by such luminaries as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Quentin Tarantino expressing dismay at the lamebrained decision to not show the awards for cinematography, editing, makeup and hairstyling, and Live Action Short.
Bailey had previously explained that the only thing that would be left out of those awards would be "the walk to the stage," since an edited version of the moment would be shown later in the show. That didn't seem to appease anyone, so now we're getting all 24 awards live.
The Academy and ABC have made a series of unpopular decisions this year in an effort to trim the show down to a mere 3 hours, including having only a few of the nominated songs performed live. And not having last year's acting winners present. After much outcry (and, reportedly, nudges from Allison Janney and Lady Gaga, they've reversed themselves on every decision so far.
Just stop tinkering with the Oscars, already!