Stars lambast ‘insulting’ bid to cut Academy Awards’ running time by presenting cinematography and other awards during commercials
Even by the accident-prone standards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas), the reaction against the plan to relegate four awards presentations to commercial breaks during the live Oscars telecast has been vociferous and damning.
Academy president John Bailey had announced the move as part of its attempt to shorten the TV show’s notoriously sprawling running time, under pressure from host network ABC. In the first of what is planned as a rotating series of relegations, the Oscars for cinematography, editing, live action short, and makeup and hair will be handed out during ad breaks (though shown on the live stream on the Oscars website) with acceptance speeches edited in to the broadcast.
Hollywood outraged by plan to present Oscars in TV ad breaks