The Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has recently announced their decision on the presentation for the Oscar nominees and winners for Cinematography, as well as other central film production artists. These nominees and winners will no longer be broadcast live, but will now only be presented later in an edited and shortened version. AMPAS states that the need to shorten the broadcast is the reason behind this decision.
The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) National President Steven Poster, ASC, has made a statement towards the growing industry concern over the Academy’s latest decision in the shortening of the Oscar broadcast.
“This decision is extremely disheartening,” he said. “As Matt Loeb, international president of the IATSE, said, ‘these below-the-line crafts including cinematographers, editors and hair and makeup stylists, are the very core of movie-making.’ I immediately reached out to Academy president John Bailey, a member of our own guild, who assured me that all of the nominees would be ‘noted’ during the broadcast. It’s not the same. This is a collaborative process and this change appears to elevate certain crafts above others. People wait their entire lives to receive an Oscar in front of millions and it is humiliating to have that moment reduced to an afterthought.”For more information on ICG visit: www.icg600.com
To view Mark Loeb’s statement visit: www.iatse.net/news/statement-president-loeb-oscars-telecast-change