According to a letter sent to the Academy Members (we read the news on the DailyMail, NBC, Variety -where you can find the full text of the aforementioned letter – and LA Times, make sure to visit their pages for further information), this year during the 94th Oscars, the awarding of 8 categories will not be broadcasted live.

These are the categories which will be cut off the ceremony:
Documentary short
Live action short
Animated Short
Film editing
Makeup and hairstyling
Original score
Production design
Sound

As we understood, the choice is to make the ceremony faster and lighter and keep it under the three hours. It is also to make space for comedy, clips and music, but we don’t feel this is fair for the nominees.

The nominees of the aforementioned categories will be awarded an hour before the official start of the ceremony and their prizegiving and acceptance speeches will be recorded and cut inside the program later during the evening. What is sad is that they will allegedly be awarded in an almost-empty Dolby Theatre, while the other stars are still outside on the red carpet.

While we understand the need of change in the format, this decision makes it look like the Academy is dividing in first class and second class categories (but also cinema in general, as all the categories for short films are included in this “cut”).

According to ScreenRant, nominees for Best Score may not attend the ceremony to boycott this decision.

While renewing our good luck to the three hosts and to all the nominees of ALL the categories, we will not be following the live ceremony.