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Oscars To Air Award Categories After Pushback | TODAY


THE DECISION CAME AFTER A HUGE BACKLASH FROM SOME BIG HOLLYWOOD BACKLASH FROM SOME BIG HOLLYWOOD STARS. STARS. NBC’S MORGAN CHESKY IS IN LOS NBC’S MORGAN CHESKY IS IN LOS ANGELES TO EXPLAIN. ANGELES TO EXPLAIN.>>IT’S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR.>>IT’S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OSCARS THIS WILL BE THE FIRST OSCARS WITHOUT A HOST AFTER THE KEVIN WITHOUT A HOST AFTER THE KEVIN HART CONTROVERSY AND LATE ON HART CONTROVERSY AND LATE ON FRIDAY AFTER SOME SERIOUS FRIDAY AFTER SOME SERIOUS PUSHBACK, THE ORGANIZATION SAID PUSHBACK, THE ORGANIZATION SAID ITS PLAN TO CUT CERTAIN ITS PLAN TO CUT CERTAIN CATEGORIES IS NOW OFFICIALLY OUT CATEGORIES IS NOW OFFICIALLY OUT OF THE PICTURE. OF THE PICTURE. IT’S THE OSCAR DRAMA DESERVING IT’S THE OSCAR DRAMA DESERVING ITS OWN SCREEN PLAY, A PLAN ITS OWN SCREEN PLAY, A PLAN ORIGINALLY PITCHED TO SAVE TIME ORIGINALLY PITCHED TO SAVE TIME NOW LEAVING THE ACADEMY TRYING NOW LEAVING THE ACADEMY TRYING TO SAVE FACE. TO SAVE FACE. ON FRIDAY, A MAJOR REVERSAL. ON FRIDAY, A MAJOR REVERSAL. THE ACADEMY SAYING IT WILL NO THE ACADEMY SAYING IT WILL NO LONGER CUT FOUR CATEGORIES FROM LONGER CUT FOUR CATEGORIES FROM THE TELECAST. THE TELECAST. FILM EDITING, MAKE-UP AND HAIR FILM EDITING, MAKE-UP AND HAIR STYLING, LIVE ACTION SHORT, AND STYLING, LIVE ACTION SHORT, AND CINEMATOGRAPHY. CINEMATOGRAPHY.>>AS A DIRECTOR, WITHOUT MY>>AS A DIRECTOR, WITHOUT MY CINEMATOGRAPHER, WITHOUT MY CINEMATOGRAPHER, WITHOUT MY EDITOR, WITHOUT HAIR AND EDITOR, WITHOUT HAIR AND MAKE-UP, THERE IS NO MOVIE. MAKE-UP, THERE IS NO MOVIE.>>DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE, FAR FROM>>DIRECTOR SPIKE LEE, FAR FROM THE ONLY CELEBRITY SPEAKING OUT, THE ONLY CELEBRITY SPEAKING OUT, IN A LETTER TO THE ORGANIZATION, IN A LETTER TO THE ORGANIZATION, OTHER A-LISTERS WERE CRITICAL, OTHER A-LISTERS WERE CRITICAL, CALLING IT NOTHING LESS THAN AN CALLING IT NOTHING LESS THAN AN INSULT. INSULT. IN RETURN, THE ACADEMY IN RETURN, THE ACADEMY RESPONDED, SAYING THEY HEARD THE RESPONDED, SAYING THEY HEARD THE FEEDBACK FROM ITS MEMBERSHIP. FEEDBACK FROM ITS MEMBERSHIP. ALL ACADEMY AWARDS WILL BE ALL ACADEMY AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED WITHOUT EDITS IN OUR PRESENTED WITHOUT EDITS IN OUR TRADITIONAL FORMAT. TRADITIONAL FORMAT.>>I THINK THE ACADEMY IS>>I THINK THE ACADEMY IS STRUGGLING TO TRY MAKE SURE THAT STRUGGLING TO TRY MAKE SURE THAT THIS SHOW NOT ONLY IS THIS SHOW NOT ONLY IS ENTERTAINING BUT ALSO GETS ENTERTAINING BUT ALSO GETS RATINGS. RATINGS.>>THE MOVE FOLLOWS A YEAR>>THE MOVE FOLLOWS A YEAR THAT’S LEFT THE ACADEMY BACK THAT’S LEFT THE ACADEMY BACK PEDALING. PEDALING. IN AUGUST, THE GROUP ANNOUNCED A IN AUGUST, THE GROUP ANNOUNCED A NEW CATEGORY FOR POPULAR NEW CATEGORY FOR POPULAR ACHIEVEMENT, BUT DROPPED THE ACHIEVEMENT, BUT DROPPED THE IDEA BEFORE EVEN EXPLAINING WHAT IDEA BEFORE EVEN EXPLAINING WHAT IT ENTAILED. IT ENTAILED. THEN, IN DECEMBER, HOST KEVIN THEN, IN DECEMBER, HOST KEVIN HART ANNOUNCED HE WOULD BE HART ANNOUNCED HE WOULD BE STEPPING DOWN FOLLOWING A SERIES STEPPING DOWN FOLLOWING A SERIES OF HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS THAT OF HOMOPHOBIC TWEETS THAT SURFACED FROM YEARS PAST. SURFACED FROM YEARS PAST.>>THE OSCARS ARE IN THE NEWS>>THE OSCARS ARE IN THE NEWS MORE THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN SO MORE THAN THEY EVER HAVE BEEN SO YOU ACTUALLY COULD HAVE PEOPLE YOU ACTUALLY COULD HAVE PEOPLE TUNING IN TO SEE WHAT’S GOING TO TUNING IN TO SEE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. HAPPEN.>>THE ACADEMY STRESSES COME>>THE ACADEMY STRESSES COME NEXT SUNDAY THE SHOW MINUS ITS NEXT SUNDAY THE SHOW MINUS ITS HOST WILL STILL GO ON AS HOST WILL STILL GO ON AS PLANNED. PLANNED. AS IT HAS FOR THE PAST 90 YEARS. AS IT HAS FOR THE PAST 90 YEARS. SO, TUNE IN TO WITNESS THE JOY SO, TUNE IN TO WITNESS THE JOY OF AN OSCAR-WINNING OF AN OSCAR-WINNING CINEMATOGRAPHER OR MAKE-UP CINEMATOGRAPHER OR MAKE-UP ARTIST. ARTIST. BEST PICTURE WILL COME SOON BEST PICTURE WILL COME SOON ENOUGH. ENOUGH. NOW, ENTERTAINMENT CRITICS SAY NOW, ENTERTAINMENT CRITICS SAY THE BIG QUESTION NOW IS IF THIS THE BIG QUESTION NOW IS IF THIS YEAR’S NO HOST SHOW MODEL WILL YEAR’S NO HOST SHOW MODEL WILL ACTUALLY WORK.

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