95 filmmakers led by Scorsese and Tarantino wrote an open letter because of the reduction of the Oscar broadcast

The Academy replied: the announcement of all nominations still gets live, but with restrictions.

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95 directors, cameramen and other filmmakers, including Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, condemned the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences not to announce four nominations in the categories of “Best Cinematography”, “Best Editing”, “Best gaming short film “and” The best makeup and hair, ” reported Variety. Filmmakers have written an open letter to Academy President John Bailey.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Never before has the Academy sacrificed the integrity of its original mission. If the organization itself, whose goal is to protect the cinema, does not attach importance to the creators of outstanding films, then we can no longer maintain the promise of the Academy to celebrate the achievements of cinema as a form of co-creation.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]To belittle the importance of the foundations of cinema art is nothing but an insult to those who have devoted their whole life to their chosen profession.[/perfectpullquote]
From an open letter to John Bailey

Filmmakers noted that the outrage of their colleagues and the negative reaction of all industry leaders to the decision of the Academy indicate that it is not too late to cancel the decision. The letter was also signed by many Oscar laureates and nominees, including Damien Chazell, Ang Lee, Emmanuel Lubecki, Janusz Kaminski, Robert Richardson and John Toll.

John Bailey and other members of the Academy responded to the letter, noting that the information on social networks was incorrect. They clarified:

  • The announcement of all 24 categories will take place on the stage and will be broadcast live;
  • The moments when the winners ascend the stage and descend from it will be cut out;
  • Speeches of the four winners in these categories will be included in the live broadcast;
  • In the future, the Oscar will annually vary from four to six different nominations, which will be partially cut from the air.

Academics did not explain exactly when the announcement of nominees and the speech of the winners in the selected four categories will be shown in the broadcast.

In 2018, the Oscar reached record low ratings. After this, film academics decided to reduce the broadcasting time of the ceremony from four hours to three, and also abandoned the one-lead tradition.

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