Show Biz Buzz Update:
Following widespread backlash from across Hollywood, that backlash from the rank and file members of the Academy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has canceled plans to cut four key awards from the live Oscars telecast, and will now present all 24 of the major categories live without edits. In a badly received decision by the powers who run the Oscars, the Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling awards were going to be given out during the commercials, and so the TV audience wouldn't see them.
But the backlash was strong, as you heard on my Show Biz Buzz this morning. Those rank and file members were some of the biggest names in Hollywood, like George Clooney and Brad Pitt, also filmmakers, directors, and many other in the who objected to this decision.
So the Academy relented, and we will see it all! And probably stay up until midnight of so so we won't miss a minute...or maybe not. The Oscars have been plagued with problems this season, starting with the Kevin Hart hosting debacle. Ten years ago, his not so PC tweets were homophobic, They wanted him to apologize, he said he already did, then Hart backed away from the job. It was a mess. Now no one will host. And now this...
The Oscars air this Sunday, February 24th on ABC.