LOS ANGELES (KNX) – Eight Academy awards will not be presented during the 2022 telecast, according to a memo released by Academy President David Rubin on Tuesday.
The awards that will be given out prior to the broadcast are makeup and hairstyling, documentary short, live action short, animated short, sound, original score, production design, and film editing.
In a letter to Academy members, Rubin explained the decision to present these awards early was to allow time for “audience entertainment and engagement through comedy, musical numbers, film clip packages and movie tributes.”
“They will not be presented in the pre-show nor on the red carpet, as some have speculated,” he wrote. “Instead, the in-person ceremony at the Dolby Theatre will begin one hour earlier to present eight awards categories before the live telecast starts. Those presentations will then be edited by our creative and production teams and will be folded seamlessly into the live televised show.”
Rubin acknowledged the backlash that could arise from this decision and added that in the future, the Academy “will assess this change and will continue to look for additional ways to make our show more entertaining and more thrilling for all involved, inside the Dolby Theater and watching from home.”
The decision received backlash on social media.
The 94th Annual Academy Awards will air March 27.
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