Inside the Academy, Drama Builds on Which Craft Winners to Edit Into the Live Oscar Broadcast

IndieWire | 2/7/2019 | Staff
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The road to the 2019 Oscars has been the bumpiest of rides, to say the least. It’s yielded one controversy after another, from the ill-fated Best Popular Film category, to the Kevin Hart/host-less mishap, to the Best Song disaster (limiting the performances to Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars,” but caving to heavy resistance).

This, of course, is part of the unpopular plan to truncate some of the craft categories during the telecast by editing them into montages like the Tony Awards. All in the name of shortening the length of the show to less than three hours and struggling to boost the sagging ratings.

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But what about the prestige? What about the showmanship? This is the Academy Awards, for crying out loud! This is Hollywood, the industry’s party, and the integral below-the-line crafts should be celebrated, not marginalized, by cutting them down and presenting select highlights during the telecast. To many crafts people, this is an outrage, and they’ve responded with a flurry of tweetstorms about what’s gone down and much speculation.

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But the producers have yet to decide which select categories will be truncated. It all depends on how much advertising comes in. However, IndieWire has learned that several branches volunteered to be first, with Academy President John Bailey, the esteemed cinematographer, leading the way with his branch. Others include sound editing, sound mixing, and documentaries.

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But, as one Oscar nominee noted, “It’s an evolution,” as the Academy struggles with these severe growing pains. “And this can be achieved with great editing. “They’re taking a realistic, pragmatic approach,” added a multiple nominee. “The show is too long and they’re cutting it down in length with shorter acceptance speeches, one or two less musical numbers, montages,...
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