The Hollywood Academy will maintain its decision to announce the winners of 8 Oscar categories before the televised ceremony begins, despite the poor reception it has had among its members and the boycott proposed by those affected by the change.
“We considered how to preserve our values, which are the 23 gala awards, and still prepare a three-hour program that the public wants to see on television,” explained the CEO of the Hollywood Academy, Dawn Hudson, in an exclusive interview with Deadline newspaper.
The executive insisted that “the televised broadcast will celebrate all the categories”, despite the fact that a handful of winners will be left out of the live signal.
Of the 23 categories that make up the Oscars, eight will be announced before the gala starts on March 27 while the red carpet ends, although Hudson assured that the winners will receive the award with the public already seated at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles ( USA.).
Then, during the broadcast, a summary will be broadcast with the reactions of the winners.
The affected categories are the best documentary, best editing, best makeup and hair, best production design, best sound, best short, best animated short, and best soundtrack.
The change will reduce the Hispanic presence in the ceremony since it includes sections in which the Spaniards Alberto Iglesias (for the soundtrack of “Madres Paralelas”) and Alberto Mielgo (aspiring for best animated short for “The Windshield Wiper”) compete, and the Chilean Hugo Covarrubias (candidate for the same award with “Bestia”).
The decision, which was announced last week, was received as a jug of cold water among some candidates for the award.
In fact, union organizations representing editors, musicians, and sound engineers proposed organizing a boycott and proposed that the nominees reject the invitation to the ceremony.
For their part, some followers of the Oscars protested on social networks for the measure.
In 2018, the Academy already announced its intention to remove the technical awards from the gala and deliver them during the commercial break but retracted after the rejection of the cinephile community.
Other awards, such as the Grammys and the Latin Grammys, deliver most of the awards in a previous ceremony that is not broadcast on television, although their case is more justified because they have almost a hundred categories (several for each style of music) compared to 23 for the Oscars.
The intention of the organizers is to put on a more entertaining and agile show after last year’s ceremony, which recorded historical lows in the audience.
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