Oscars 2019: Here Are the 4 Categories That Will Be Presented During Commercial Breaks
By John Boone
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We all remember where we were when we found out Suicide Squad won an Academy Award. Alas, that will not be the case this year.
The Academy revealed four categories that won't be announced live during this year's Oscars, but instead during commercial breaks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the affected categories are: Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short and Makeup and Hairstyling. (The latter is where Suicide Squad won in 2017.)
For reference, here is who is nominated in each of those categories:
Never Look Away
A Star Is Born
BEST FILM EDITING
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Mary Queen of Scots
This break with tradition has been controversial since it was first announced, though Academy president John Bailey promises the ceremony is "still honoring the achievements of all 24 awards on the Oscars" -- the winner's speeches will air later in the telecast -- and can be seen live via streaming.
The formatting change is meant to ensure the show remains under three hours. As for why these four categories, specifically, were bumped? That remains a point of confusion. (Why Live Action Short over Animated or Documentary Short? And if you're going to move one of the shorts programs, why not just move all three?) Alas, many of the Academy's decisions this year are mystifying.
This is only the latest announcement about the 2019 Oscars that has been met with blowback: There was Kevin Hart's initial hiring and subsequent you-can't-fire-me-I'm-quitting, followed by a period of intense confusion before ABC finally confirmed the show would "wisely" go on without a host. Then there were reports that last year's Best Acting winners would not be asked back to present this year -- a move the Academy quickly rectified.
What will happen next? The 91st Annual Oscars air on Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.