The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, has denounced the motion picture Academy’s decision to eliminate the animated short Oscar from a live presentation.
“Short Films are critical to showing the diversity of voices in the world, and excluding them from the live broadcast impacts inclusion efforts,” the Guild’s executive board said in a statement Monday evening. “Filmmaking is a collaborative undertaking, and each contribution is essential. We are disappointed in the Academy’s decision to send a message that some artistic endeavors are less valuable than others. We strongly feel that the artistry behind animated short films and the seven other categories should be presented and accepted in the live telecast.”
Besides the animated short Oscar, the seven other awards that will be shown pre-recorded on the live Oscar telecast are documentary (short subject), film editing, makeup and hairstyling, music (original score), production design, short film (live action), and sound.