Public Petition Urging Academy to Present All 24 Oscars Categories Soars Past 14,000 Signatures

IndieWire | 2/16/2019 | Staff
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A public petition has launched in an attempt to get the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present all 24 categories during the live Oscars telecast on Sunday, February 14. The Academy has been the subject of backlash since announcing February 11 the four categories that will be presented during commercial breaks and edited back into the category at a later time in the telecast: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Hairstyling and Makeup, and Best Live Action Short. The decision has sparked outrage from the industry and the moviegoing public at large.

In an online petition launched on this week, organizer Michael Jolls writes the decision “has been seen as a slap in the face to filmmakers all across the globe.” Over 13,870 people have signed the petition as of this writing and the signatures show no signs of slowing down. The document is even being shared by industry members on social media, including “Watchmen” and “Kong: Skull Island” cinematographer Larry Fong.

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“We strongly petition the Academy to find something else to broadcast during the commercial breaks,” the petition reads. “Since the failure of retaining your host this year – the removal of these awards adds insult to injury. We demand that ABC and The Academy find another way to shorten the broadcast.”

The petition is far from the only protest being thrown the Academy’s way. Earlier this week, an open letter was sent to...
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