Thursday, April 25, 2024

Oscars Will Restore the Eight Deleted Categories from Last Year’s Show, Righting Heavily Criticized Decision


The Academy Awards are returning to sense and sensibility. Variety’s Jazz Tangcay reports that the eight categories deleted from last year’s show will be restored in March 2023.

Last time, original score, makeup and hairstyling, documentary short, film editing, production design, animated short, live action short and sound were all shunted aside, pre-taped and inserted during the live show. Members of all the unions protested, and there was a lot of criticism. After all, who makes the movies? These exact people.

So the new Academy chiefs, Bill Kramer and Janet Yang, seem to have a firm grasp on getting things back on track. Jimmy Kimmel will host. All five songs will be performed during the show. No one will be seated outside. The show will run four hours and who cares? Get a drink, some snacks, a pillow. Did you have other plans that night?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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