For the first time in 30 years, the 91st Academy Awards will be without a host thanks to that hot mess that was Hart-gate. Fingers crossed, producers don’t decide to go with an opening musical number featuring Snow White and Rob Lowe like the 1989 show. Talk about cringeworthy.
Also new this year will be live-streaming. Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels for the first time.
However, the biggest change will be the omission of four categories from the live telecast. In an attempt to keep the show to a tight three hours (good luck), the winners for these four categories will announced during commercial breaks. The winners will still get their time to shine as their speeches will be live-streamed online and aired later during the TV broadcast. Albeit in a truncated form I’m sure.
Which four categories are being affected? They are Cinematography, Live Action Short, Film Editing and Make-up and Hairstyling. If this year’s experiment turns out to be a success, expect a different four categories to get the commercial break treatment next year.
“While still honoring the achievements of all 24 awards on the Oscars, four categories—Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling – will be presented during commercial breaks, with their winning speeches aired later in the broadcast,” Academy president John Bailey said in a statement. “And, with the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on Oscar.com and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.”
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