For once, fairness, logic, and common sense has won out. On Friday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed that they were reversing course and would present all 24 categories during the upcoming Oscar telecast. Previously, Academy President John Bailey and company had opted to banish Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Live Action Short to tape delay. To say the least, that choice did not sit well with most. Hashtags like #PresentAll24 sprung up on social media. Those who cared most about the Oscars were up in arms.
In recent days, opposition and protests have mounted against the Academy for this choice. Names as big as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino had signed an Open Letter urging a reversal of this course. Most recently, the Cinematography branch of the Academy had met with Bailey to try and talk some sense into him. Apparently, that had a notable effect on discussions.
This is the statement released by The Academy on the matter:
“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24,”
What this means for next year, the future of the below the line categories, and the infamous Popular Film category, that remains to be seen. For the moment, good sense won out and the Oscar ceremony will go on as it always has. All it took was some A-list names to join the chorus against Bailey and the Board of Directors. Once that went down, this all happened fairly quickly.