The decision of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to cut the eight key categories from this year’s Oscars broadcast has drawn criticism from its members. Several members of the Academy complained about this to the Hollywood Reporter as released on Wednesday (23/2). Previously, it was certain that the eight categories of Oscars would not be broadcast live on television to present a more interesting impression.
“This is a total failure,” said one AMPAS member. “This is another example of [leaders] of the Academy submitting to [television] networks. There are a lot of very disappointed people,”
Another member also said that they were offended and humiliated by the decision to cut the eight categories to a lower position.
“It is absurd and the [Academy] leadership should be ashamed,” said one member.
The chairman of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) previously said the decision was made to provide more entertainment and audience engagement during television broadcasts.
“To provide more time and opportunity for entertainment and audience engagement through comedy, music, film clips, and tributes, changes to the show’s production will be made,” Rubin wrote.
The eight categories that are not broadcast live are Documentary Short, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Animated Short, Live Action Short, and Sound. Recipients of nominations for this category, such as Ben Proudfoot, also opened his voice. Proudfoot’s film, The Queen of Basketball, was nominated for Best Documentary Short Oscar 2022.
“There has to be a better way to do what needs to be done, which is to fully recognize achievement in three hours, without creating a class system,” Proudfoot said.
The Oscars 2022 or the 94th Academy Awards will be held on March 27 at the Dolby Theater. The awards night will be broadcast on ABC TV and hosted by Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes.