The Oscars have made another potentially risky and controversial choice of deciding not to broadcast eight of the awards during the live telecast. The 94th Academy Awards will premiere on ABC on March 27, 2022. Renowned films like West Side Story, The Power of the Dog, Don’t Look Up and Dune are a few movies that got nominated.
This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes. However, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science is undoubtedly in a bind as the previous year’s event had the lowest ratings. The show garnered less than 10 million viewers.
Each year, the Academy tries to make new decisions in order to bring in diversity but many of them backfire. For instance, delaying Best Actor until the conclusion of last year’s Oscars resulted in the broadcast concluding without a final award since Anthony Hopkins wasn’t present to take it.
The Academy continues to bring changes to the event and they have taken another move that might potentially piss the audiences off. Instead of showing trailers for upcoming movies like Thor: Love and Thunder or Jurassic World: Dominion, the Academy has decided not to show eight of this year’s categories during the ceremony.
As per THR, the eight categories include the documentary short, film editing, makeup/hairstyling, original score, production design, animated short, live-action short, and sound. These categories will be held inside the Dolby Theatre an hour before the live broadcast. It will be recorded and then edited into the subsequent live telecast.
The favorite for the prize is Camilla Cabello’s Cinderella, rather than Spider-Man: No Way Home, as many predicted.
This is seemingly the Academy’s second attempt at this, since it was initially announced in 2018 but canceled owing to the reaction of the industry. The Academy has stated that the awards would still be shown, in an effort to shorten the presentation and keep it under three hours. However, this declaration is only one of several contentious moves made by the Academy in a bid to reclaim its former ratings high.
Many people ridiculed the notion to create a Fan-Favorite Award when it was initially announced. It has also not gone as planned for The Academy, since the favorite for the prize is Camilla Cabello’s Cinderella, rather than Spider-Man: No Way Home, as many predicted.
Viewers of the Academy Awards are primarily interested in the major categories, however, the rest are crucial to introduce a wider audience to films or elements of filmmaking that they may not have thought of. The Oscars are a celebration of filmmaking and its various components, therefore relegating such categories appears to be the polar opposite of what an Awards ceremony should achieve.
This action sends the message to public audiences that these categories aren’t as essential as the acting categories, which the Academy would never consider recording outside of the live broadcast. These craftspeople are deserving of the same prominence and attention as the rest of the Oscar categories.