Following the Academy's announcement earlier this week, that several Oscars would be presented during ad-breaks to save time, 470 filmmakers, including cinematographers, directors, actors and more, have signed an open letter to the Academy Awards' broadcaster, demanding that the decision be reversed.
The open letter reads:
"The Academy was founded in 1927 to recognize and uphold excellence in the cinematic arts, inspire imagination and help connect the world through the universal medium of motion pictures.
"Unfortunately, we have drifted from this mission in our pursuit of presenting entertainment rather than in presenting a celebration of our art form and the people behind it."
A full version of the letter can be found HERE.
The four categories that have been subject to this ad-break row are cinematography, film editing, live-action short and hair styling & makeup.
The filmmakers' letter, which has been signed by the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Hans Zimmer and more, explains just how important the cut categories are. Their letter makes several points similar to those made in our feature article on the subject. You can read our feature on the ad-break Oscars HERE.
There has been no word yet on whether the controversial decision has been reversed but check back with us at HITC Culture for more news when it arises.
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