Oscars cut categories live stream bad for movie genre

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The Oscars broadcast cut eight award presentations from its live line-up – including craft categories such as production design, film and audio editing that were often present. Science Fiction The fantasy films were the most successful.

This news comes from The Hollywood Reporterwhich quoted Academy President David Rubin as saying the move was aimed at “increasing audience interaction and keeping the show alive and vibrant.” relevant. The eight categories that will not be broadcast are: Documentary (Short Subject), Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Short Film (Animation), Short Film (Live Action), and Voice. (Rubin’s statement, which states that the ceremony will begin an hour before the telecast, so that these awards can be delivered early, also includes the assurance that “all nominees in all award categories will be selected live and all winners” acceptance letters will be shown live. “)

Audio was previously split into two categories, Mixing and Editing, but the categories were merged after the 2020 Awards – presumably most Oscar voters don’t know the difference between them, and have pointed out which glamorous war/superhero/fantasy movie makes big leaps well. Which leads to the bigger point: Six of the eight categories are literal awards, which for years have been where the genre’s film has had the most success during this and many other international award shows.

Take, for example, the 2015 Oscars. He was the best picture winner that year Spotlight, the critic’s darling who has received widespread acclaim and six Academy nominations, but won only two awards. Also on the list of the best picture of that year Mad Max: Fury Road, which received nine nominations in all areas. While George Miller was the last crazy max Installment did not get the first prize, but brought it Six OscarsBest Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Audio Mixing – all are literal awards. If the 2015 Oscar broadcast had cut the categories that crazy max Won, the filmmakers will only be able to accept two direct awards… the same amount Spotlighta film that does not interest fans of the genre and rarely appears in public cultural discourse today.

The way of anger The example may be extreme, but this year Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune You reach 10 prizes, half of which will go along with the pre-recorded route if the current decision still stands within a month. Historically, science fiction, fantasy and horror films have largely been excluded from the most prestigious awards – Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Best Picture Award for Guillermo Del Toro water shape Breaking contempt for nearly 15 years in 2017, after The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King It won in 2003 – itself the first fantasy film ever to win an Academy Award. Science fiction remains a bleaker category for the best photography aspirants. Star Wars: A New Hope Lost in 1977, and 2001: space flight He wasn’t even nominated.

Beside Dunekind of movies like do not search (Nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Music and Best Film Editing)Charm (original result) Robin Robin (short animation), No time to die (Voice), Cruella (make-up and hairstyle), and nightmare alley It (production design) probably wouldn’t be recognized if the 94th Academy Awards stuck to its decision to focus on categories in which films of the traditional genre have traditionally been ignored. By pre-registering for these award categories, the Academy is indicating that these awards are less well known, important, or even involved, which is an insult given that these awards celebrate the craft of filmmaking itself and the details that go into production behind the scenes and behind the camera.

By standing by the option of eliminating live broadcasts for the categories in which the film genre excels, the Academy threatens to alienate moviegoers who love movies throughout the year, not just in awards season. (That Twitter Prize It won’t help either.) There is still time for the Academy to reverse that decision. In 2018, the Academy announced that several of the statuettes would be awarded live on air, but quickly called in the decision due to industry backlash – and the Hollywood Reporter says the current move is “already causing tension within the Academy’s leadership”.

Once this news subsided, Twitter came to the defense of these categories, making #PresentAll23 a trend. daily point columnist Javia Baker Whitelaw He was quick to remind people that Oscar fans really want to see the whole show, unedited, uncut, straightforward. Besides the fact that people who watch the Academy Awards religiously care about the entire show as a piece of performance, fans of the genre will be left out in the cold as their favorites are disqualified due to a pre-recorded program and then cut short, potentially at the expense of the filmmakers.

It’s kind of weird that you have to defend genre films, as if they don’t make the most money, or inspire the fiercest fans, constantly push the film industry forward on a literal level, and create globalism through metaphor, but here we are. Science fiction and fantasy movies are good movies, and sometimes even great movies. While Hollywood may not be ready to give Villeneuve the highest honors, Dune He deserves to take every second in the spotlight just as much dog power The only movie on the agenda with more nominations (12) than the Frank Herbert adaptation. Excluding these eight categories from live broadcasts will greatly diminish the recognition that sci-fi and fantasy films deserve at the Academy Awards, and will disappoint all movie fans.

The Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC on March 27th.

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