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  • RobertPius
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    Why do they keep the short subjects in the main telecast yet they have moved the honorary awards out? I’m guessing it is to encourage new filmmakers?

    I’d rather see James Earl Jones or Angela Lansbury or Donald Sutherland or even Oprah make a speech than some person who made a 10 minute film that nobody will probably ever see. Similar feelings or do you object?

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    Why do they keep the short subjects in the main telecast yet they have moved the honorary awards out? I’m guessing it is to encourage new filmmakers?

    I’d rather see James Earl Jones or Angela Lansbury or Donald Sutherland or even Oprah make a speech than some person who made a 10 minute film that nobody will probably ever see. Similar feelings or do you object?

    No cause this way the honorees get an entire night and actually get celebrated. The show would be 7 hours long if they included it.

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    Since the public releases of the shorts about seven or eight years ago, it’s been a vital part of the Oscar season for me. The audiences for the animated shorts are continually sold out in my area, at least. It’s for a niche crowd, yes, but once you invest into these films, the results can be as exciting to predict as any of the others. It’s a slippery slope to start playing what’s too “boring” or “relevant enough” to be on the main telecast. There’s guilds representation to think about too. Why not cut out the sound categories? Visual effects? Costumes? Those guilds would have a fit. Moving the Governors Awards to its own telecast was a time-saving mechanism for those constantly complaining about excessive show lengths. The honorees get much more time for their proper dues, but the trade-off is that the public doesn’t get to see it. Either way, penalizing the shorts is short-sighted, and it wouldn’t make the telecast that much shorter either. Some montages and other nonsense would take its place instead.

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    Honorary awards not televised means the Academy increases the number of honorary honorees for a season. Instead of one or two. We’re getting four and five.

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    A single honorary award–from intro to clip reel to speech (usually w/no time limit)–takes up more time than all 3 short categories combined. It’s a win-win by keeping the competitive categories the same while acknowledging the honorees (“Wave everybody!”) while also giving them a longer celebration separately.

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    I would like to see the honorary awards too. Maybe a separate telecast like the Kennedy Center honors? Or show the speeches on the Oscars YouTube channel?

    I hope they keep the shorts. They certainly make the Derby more challenging & competitive!

    Plus, every now and then, the shorts can actually provide one of the more memorable moments of the evening.

    I loved the doc short: Music for Prudence. Prudence’s story is inspiring. I’m glad she was invited to the ceremony. Plus, there was the drama of the producer and director fighting over who should have gotten the award – on stage!

    Here’s a look back (sorry for the image & sound quality, it’s the only clip I could find):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv86nnuEEGM

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    Philip
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    I would like to see the honorary awards too. Maybe a separate telecast like the Kennedy Center honors? Or show the speeches on the Oscars YouTube channel?

    I hope they keep the shorts. They certainly make the Derby more challenging & competitive!

    Plus, every now and then, the shorts can actually provide one of the more memorable moments of the evening.

    I loved the doc short: Music for Prudence. Prudence’s story is inspiring. I’m glad she was invited to the ceremony. Plus, there was the drama of the producer and director fighting over who should have gotten the award – on stage!

    Here’s a look back (sorry for the image & sound quality, it’s the only clip I could find):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv86nnuEEGM

    They post all the speeches on their YouTube page

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    eastwest
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    Keep it as is. Everyone wins.

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    Alex Meyer
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    I don’t mind seeing the short film winners onstage. Just because not too many people see the shorts and the fact that they can’t be longer than 40 minutes doesn’t mean the filmmakers don’t deserve to bask in the spotlight for a minute alongside editors, cinematographers, writers, directors, makeup artists, costume designers, production designers etc.

    One of my local arthouse theaters always shows the animated, live action and documentary shorts every year, and I’m always impressed by these filmmakers efforts. I say, let them have their moment in the spotlight. If you look at the history of these categories, quite a lot of prominent figures got their first Oscar nominations from making shorts. And who knows, in 10-20 years time, an Oscar winner for a short film could become the next Spielberg, Scorsese or Nolan.

    To me, anyone who says the short film categories should be presented off-screen because nobody supposedly cares about them comes across as elitist (I’m looking at you, Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter!) because they imply one or both of two things: short films are unimportant and they’re inferior forms of art, when nothing could be further from the truth.

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    kbfr12
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    Most of the fat in an Oscarcast has nothing to do with the actual awards—it’s all the incessant montages, clip packages, and “tributes,” cutting in and out from each other, swirling around until they combine into long, amorphous explanations of what movies are, you know, in case somebody out there watching has never seen one before.

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    Riley
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    They should merge the short categories.

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    They should merge the short categories.

    They should merge the sound categories.

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