The organizers of the Oscars announced on Tuesday that the presentation of certain trophies, on March 27 in Hollywood, would be pre-recorded in order to make the television broadcast of this evening more dynamic and more attractive for spectators. This decision, which concerns eight Oscars in categories techniques or for short formats, will free up more airtime for musical, humorous and tribute numbers, explains the president of the Academy of Oscars, David Rubin, in an e-mail addressed to its members and to the candidates. The audience for the Oscars has been in free fall for the past few years. The last edition, admittedly disrupted by the health restrictions linked to the pandemic, had attracted barely ten million spectators, a drop of 56% compared to the previous year which was already at a historically low level. The eight Oscars concerned (sound, documentary short film, make-up, soundtrack, production designer, editing, animated short film, fictional short film) will be submitted “during the hour preceding the start of the television broadcast” and the sequences will be edited from so as to be “inserted into the show broadcast live”, specifies the e-mail that AFP was able to consult. ” and “sound editing” to make only one. But ideas to reduce the number of Oscars to beef up the evening have so far been wildly unpopular, particularly among the Academy’s technical colleges who work behind the scenes (editors, make-up artists, hairstylists, etc.) and for which this evening represents the only moment of glory. In his message, President Rubin takes great care to emphasize that “every filmmaker and artist in all categories will be able to have their ‘moment’ of stage of the traditional Dolby Theater in Hollywood. And “for viewers at home, the course of the show does not change, even if it will be more collected and more electric with this new rhythm”, insists the president of the Academy. The broadcast of the 94th edition of the Oscars will also include a novelty, the public prize, which will be awarded following a vote organized via Twitter. The Oscars will have three hosts on March 27: actresses Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes. It will be the first time since 2018 that the Oscars will have one host, and the first time since 1987 that they will have three.
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