Oscars 2023 will live telecast all 23 categories, confirms Academy CEO Bill Kramer
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Coming back to its older format, the 2023 Oscars will be having all 23 categories included during the live ceremony. The Academy during its 94th annual Oscar held on March 27 in Los Angeles, pre-recorded eight categories before the main show and then condensed the speeches and aired the recorded footage. Though it was time-saving, many people criticized their decision in the industry.
The list of categories were Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Film Editing, Best Documentary Short, Best Production Design, Best Animated Short, and Best Live-Action Short that were announced to the show. “We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences, and the collaborative nature of moviemaking. This is very much what the mission of the Academy is, and I am very hopeful that we can do a show that celebrates all components of moviemaking in an entertaining and engaging way," said the newly-appointed Academy CEO, Bill Kramer to Variety on Tuesday, November 29.
The unprecedented move was made in February by then-president of the Academy David Rubin, who issued a letter to Academy members revealing that the eight categories would be presented in the hour before the live broadcast began, reported People.
Rubin wrote, "Both our challenge and our goal is to create an exciting, streamlined Oscars show without sacrificing the long-held fundamentals of our organization. We appreciate your understanding and will be grateful for your unwavering support." He added, “[It is to] provide more time and opportunity for audience entertainment and engagement through comedy, musical numbers, film clip packages and movie tributes."
Celebrated filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who is hopeful for his ‘The Fabelmans’, which made the cut for the 2023 Oscars, had criticized the decision. In an interview with Deadline, Spielberg said, "I feel very strongly that this is perhaps the most collaborative medium in the world. All of us make movies together, we become a family where one craft is just as indispensable as the next." "I feel that at the Academy Awards there is no above the line, there is no below the line. All of us are on the same line bringing the best of us to tell the best stories we possibly can. And that means for me we should all have a seat at the supper table together live at 5," he added.
Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 2023 Oscars, scheduled for March 12.