For the first time this year the Academy Awards in four categories will be presented during commercial breaks when the 91st Oscars are broadcast on Feb. 24. The Academy approved the new plan in August, but the affected categories were only announced Monday. Winners in the categories of cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling will all be moved to the commercial breaks in order to reduce the show's running time to three hours. The winner's speeches for these categories will air later in the broadcast, according to an email sent to Academy members by president John Bailey laying out the plan for this year's vexed show. The four categories being bumped to commercial breaks this year will be guaranteed a regular spot on the 2020 broadcast, however. “Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience,” Bailey wrote. “So, buckle up! We are committed to presenting a show which we all will be proud of."
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