February 15, 2019
The ASC has wholly rejected Academy president John Bailey’s statement attempting to pacify the situation.
In a debate that, if it hadn’t reached a fever pitch before, has definitely hit a sweltering fever pitch now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has stood its ground on the controversial decision to not air the handing out of the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Live Action – Short Academy Awards live on its ABC telecast on Sunday, February 24th.
Arguments have been made and open letters have been signed, but unfortunately, no compromise has been reached to give these craftsmen and women their due live on air.
The reason for not including these four awards on the live telecast next weekend? Time constraints, of course! Must get those advertising dollars in and focus on the essential star power apparent throughout the evening…nobody wants to watch a “boring” award being handed out for cinematography!