In the wake of the Academy’s announcement that the awards for cinematography, film editing, live-action short, and makeup and hairstyling will be presented off-air when the 2019 Oscars are broadcast on Feb. 24, some who were critical of the switch-up took to Twitter to voice their disapproval.
Alfonso Cuarón, who is nominated for producing, directing, writing and cinematography for his film Roma, slammed the Academy for its exclusion of cinematography and editing in particular.
“In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without color, without a story, without actors and without music,” he tweeted. “No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing.”
Others took a more comical route to express their objections. “Just heard the Academy is giving out Best Actress tonight in the parking lot of Rite Aid on Santa Monica and La Brea around 2am,” actor Billy Eichner joked. “This isn’t right.”
ABC has said that it will live-stream the cut award presentations online as well as air them later in the broadcast.
See some more reactions to this 2019 Oscars controversy below.