In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without color, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing.— Alfonso Cuaron (@alfonsocuaron) February 12, 2019
Yesterday, AMPAS announced their intention to present four Oscars during commercial breaks to save time during the broadcast - Cinematography, Editing, Hair and Makeup, and Live Action Short Film (check out the ONTD post here). The outcry on film twitter was loud and immediate, and now some directors are speaking up. Alfonso Cuarón, an Academy Award-winning director, who is nominated again this year for directing Roma, was one of them. Check out more under the cut.
Guillermo del Toro, Academy Award-winning director of last year's Best Picture winner The Shape of Water
If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but - Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft. They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 12, 2019
Jason Reitman, Academy Award-nominated director of Juno and Up in the Air
Editing is filmmaking. Say it ain’t so, Oscars.— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) February 12, 2019
Their tweets join a bevy of others from actors, film critics, television makers and entertainment writers, a couple of which are posted below.
Felicia Day, actress
I'M SORRY WHAT?! CINEMATOGRAPHY?!! EDITING?! MAKEUP? How can we inspire people to dream about making careers in these amazing jobs when we don't celebrate them on the public stage. DO WE REALLY NEED MORE PEOPLE TO BE INSPIRED TO BE ACTORS NO OFFENSE, AS ONE I CAN SAY THAT THOUGH! https://t.co/260PFGLY3d— Felicia Day (@feliciaday) February 12, 2019
Mark Harris, journalist
It's especially disgraceful for the Academy to issue a statement saying its mission is "to promote films to a wordwide audience" while brushing off Best Cinematography in a year in which, for the first time, three foreign-language films are nominated in the category.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 11, 2019
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Do you think directors speaking out will have any sway on AMPAS?