Variety is reporting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed its controversial decision to hand out four Oscars during the telecast’s commercial breaks.
According to the media house, the new decision was reached after a meeting with top cinematographers, after which the Academy leadership including president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson pledged to air every awards category on the live show a week from Sunday.
“The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24,” an Academy statement said.
Recall that the backlash started after the Academy revealed the four categories to be aired during commercial breaks. This stirred heated reactions, but the leadership stood firm for days, even after open letters from A-list talent decried the move as reductive and insulting.
Now, the Oscars will return to the status quo.
And may the best win!