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The Academy Awards are continuing to suffer through bad press leading up to the big show on Sunday, February 24. After comedian Kevin Hart stepped down as host instead of apologizing for his anti-LGBTQ tweets from 2010 (Hart said he apologized many times but we’re still having trouble finding any of those instances), the Academy made the surprising decision to go without a host for the first time in almost three decades. Now the Academy has announced more changes, including moving four categories to commercial breaks. None of these categories have to do with acting. Shocker.

Cinematography, film editing, live-action short and makeup and hairstyling all received the bump and will now be given out during commercial breaks in an effort to bring the award show’s running time down to three hours. Is this really necessary? Didn’t we just gain 12 minutes of monologue time?

In an email sent on Monday by the Academy’s president John Bailey, members were told of the changes, with Bailey stating that all 24 categories will still be honoured and that snippets from the acceptance speeches of the four affected categories will air later in the broadcast. Bailey said in his email that six of the 17 branches of awards offered to have their category moved to the commercial break, with the four awards selected at random. These four categories will return to the televised broadcast in 2020, when four to six other categories will likely be shifted to the commercial break. Again, we can assume it’s not going to be the acting awards.

“Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience,” wrote Bailey in his email. “This has been our core mission since we were established 91 years ago — and it is the same today.” In other words, this incredibly long award show will still be incredibly long, but viewers won’t sit through awards where they don’t recognize the names of the nominees.

On the plus side, speeches will air in full on the worldwide stream, with this year being the first time fans could stream the show live around the world.

The Academy has heard the complaints over their previous decision to only include performances of two of this year’s Best Original Song nominees and have now confirmed that all five songs will be performed. So, it won’t just be the two songs that everyone knows, although we are really excited for “Shallow” and “All The Stars.”

Moving four awards to the commercial break really feels like a slap in the face to the people who have spent their careers working behind the scenes on films and already get very little recognition. Sure, the Academy Awards do run long, but trying to please the public by cutting categories isn’t the answer. It’s an award show. You should hand out awards. Most people tuning in get that. The problem with the Oscars isn’t the categories, it’s the nominees. Want more people tuning in? Nominate movies that movie goers actually go to the theatre to see. Nominate actors that represent the world around us. Nominate a freaking woman, already.

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