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Film academy issues statement amid backlash to changes

Director Alfonso Cuarón is among those who have been critical of upcoming changes to the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24. Several award presentations, including cinematography and film editing, reportedly will be held during commercial breaks.
Director Alfonso Cuarón is among those who have been critical of upcoming changes to the Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24. Several award presentations, including cinematography and film editing, reportedly will be held during commercial breaks.(Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

Responding to widespread backlash to the fact that four Oscars will be presented during commercial breaks at the 91st Academy Awards, the film academy has issued a statement saying that all Academy Award winners will still be included in the broadcast on Feb. 24.

A joint statement from the film academy’s board of governors on Wednesday criticized ‘‘inaccurate reporting’’ and social media posts for what they described as a ‘‘chain of misinformation’’ that has angered film academy members. Critics of the changes include directors Alfonso Cuarón, Spike Lee, and Martin Scorsese.

The cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, and live-action shorts awards will be presented during the commercial breaks this year in an effort to shorten the broadcast to three hours. The winners’ speeches will be edited into the show.

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