Oscars slim down, will hand out 8 awards ahead of broadcast – ARAB TIMES

NEW YORK, Feb 23, (AP): To combat slumping scores, the Oscars are current course of a radical slimming down, with eight awards to be provided off-air all through subsequent month’s telecast of the 94th Academy Awards. In a letter despatched Tuesday to members of the Academy of Motion Footage Arts and Sciences, the group’s president, David Rubin, talked about that the awards for film enhancing, manufacturing design, sound, make-up and hairstyling, music (distinctive score) and the three temporary film awards (documentary, live-action and animated) will doubtless be provided on the ceremony sooner than the March 27 reside broadcast begins on ABC. Now, instead of starting the ceremony and broadcast unexpectedly, the Dolby Theatre ceremony will begin an hour sooner than the telecast does. The presentation and speeches of those early eight winners will doubtless be edited and featured by way of the three-hour reside broadcast, which Rubin emphasised would nonetheless current each winner with their “Oscar second.” Rubin talked about the modifications had been important for the long term effectively being of the Academy Awards.

“When deciding produce the Oscars, we acknowledge it’s a reside event television current and we must always prioritize the television viewers to increase viewer engagement and protect the current crucial, kinetic, and associated,” wrote Rubin. “This has been an obligatory focus of debate for pretty some time. We do this whereas moreover remembering the importance of getting our nominees relish a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” The potential of pulling a couple of of the Oscars’ 23 courses from the printed has prolonged been a matter of debate. In 2019, the academy initially sought to air 4 courses – cinematography, enhancing, make-up and hairstyling and live-action temporary – in a shortened, taped part. Nevertheless after a backlash ensued, the academy reversed itself days sooner than the current. Nevertheless scores have continued to fall. Ultimate 12 months’s broadcast, severely altered by COVID-19, plummeted to an all-time low of 9.85 million viewers. (In 2018, 29.6 million watched.) Pressure has mounted not solely with the Oscars’ longtime broadcast companion, ABC, nonetheless all through the academy to innovate a cultural institution that has prolonged resisted change. This 12 months, after a variety of host-less Oscars, producers are turning to the trio of Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes to emcee. The current, produced by Will Packer, might also acknowledge the favorite movie as voted on by followers on Twitter.

In remaking the Oscars to be a lot much less of a march by awards, the Academy Awards will flip into barely additional similar to the Tonys and the Grammys, which have equally shrunk the number of awards handed out all through their telecasts. That hasn’t stopped a scores slide for each, though. Every the Tonys and the Grammys notched new viewership lows in 2021. Some have argued that no tinkering can stem the tide in the direction of any neighborhood television broadcast in a additional diffuse, streaming media world. Rubin pledged the revamped broadcast will doubtless be “tighter and further electrical” as a result of class shifts however as well as promised one eyebrowraising tweak from remaining 12 months’s ceremony gained’t return: The current will as soon as extra end with the award for biggest picture


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