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Critics Slam Academy for Decision to Not Present Craft Oscars Live During Telecast

The Academy decided to move the short film awards off the live broadcast as well as Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, and Sound.

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Some Academy Award winners won’t have their statuettes presented to them live at the 2022 ceremony

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to present some its craft categories, as well as the short film awards, before the start of the live telecast on ABC drew an outcry on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. Although these winners will be edited into the broadcast so that viewers can see, say, Hans Zimmer, if we wins the Oscar for Best Original Score for “Dune,” critics saw the move as the Academy again making changes to the ceremony at the expense of its biggest fans as well as the talented craftspeople who won’t get their full “Oscar moment.”

Academy President David Rubin announced that the category presentations to be cut out of the live broadcast are Documentary (Short Subject), Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Short Film (Animated), Short Film (Live Action), and Sound.

IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich wrote, “This is like cutting out all the special teams footage during the Super Bowl and insisting that people will be happy since they’re “seamlessly re-editing it into the live broadcast” later. Make the Oscars LONGER you dumb idiots.”

Forbes’ Scott Mendelsohn wrote that the move essentially means: “When you willfully piss off many folks who actually watch the Oscars in pursuit of demographics who were never going to watch the Oscars and then wonder why nobody watched the Oscars…”

Tomris Laffly said, This is horrific. Surely, mostly crafts categories &/or shorts will be affected. Way to go, @TheAcademy! What you’re basically saying is some awards are less important & don’t deserve the live screen time. A nice f*ck you to those winners. But go off with the fan favorite thing. So without the honorary awards which have long been moved to a non-televised event + few non-televised categories & the fan favorite thing, #Oscars is striving to fall somewhere between the Golden Globes & People’s Choice Awards. Truly embarrassing. Truly bananas that @TheAcademy has no interest in catering to people like me who love the #Oscars, & is instead wasting time trying to win over people who don’t give a shit. Like… I don’t watch the Super Bowl and I don’t expect the Super Bowl to win me over. Why is this so hard?”

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