The Return of the Four Oscar Categories; the Academy Claims ‘Backsies’

After the original announced plan to relegate four popular Oscar categories to be awarded during the televised commercial breaks, the decision has been formally reversed by the Academy on Friday evening after a tremendous backlash it received from its members. In a report from Variety, all 24 categories will be announced live during the televised broadcast, including across all available streaming services who are authorized to carry the video feed of the ceremony.

A formal statement was issued by the organization and posted on their website:

The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.

— Officers of the Board of Governors, The Academy.

These decisions made by the organization have all been with the intended goal to maintain a three hour long televised program; which has been the subject of jokes over the last several years. The original intention to move four of the categories over to a television commercial break, along with the still standing decision not to hire a replacement host after Kevin Hart chose to step down from the role last December, are all steps the organization has taken to cut down any excessive time in order to meet the goal of a three hour long program.

The live television broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air on all ABC affiliates in the United States on Sunday, February 24th at 8PM Eastern / 5PM Pacific.

Oscars 2019: Four Categories Will Take a Back Seat During Ceremony Presentation

Please remember these four categories if you happen to be watching the Academy Awards ceremony on television this year: Makeup & Hair Styling, Cinematography, Film Editing, and Live Action Short. According to the memo written and distributed by the Academy’s president, John Bailey, the announced winners for each category will only occur during the commercial breaks for the linear televised broadcast and then aired as a previously recorded segment later in the broadcast. He then continues on further in hist written statement with the following:

And, with the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.

— John Bailey, Academy President.

Based upon the verbiage in the memo, I would presume those outside of the United States will see an uninterrupted (or semi-limited) feed online, whereas American viewers might be subjected to commercials regardless if they are viewing the linear television or the online streaming feed.

It is worth noting, John Bailey is a professional movie cinematographer who has worked on such films as Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire and Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado, among numerous other films. It seems worth noting since Best Cinematography is one of the four categories that will be shown a back seat at the ceremony this year. He has won award recognition for his work, but none of them are an Oscar award issued from the Academy.

The announcement of the 91st Oscar Nominations

The live television broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air on all ABC affiliates in the United States on Sunday, February 24th at 8PM Eastern / 5PM Pacific.

Source: Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Westmore: Anatomy of an Industry

The Department of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara welcomed the legendary make-up artist Michael Westmore, who revolutionized the make-up industry for his work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) and won an Academy Award for the movie Mask (1985). Mr. Westmore had appeared in person for an open forum conversation with UC Santa Barbara professor Cheri Steinkellner. The focus of the discussion was about his work in bringing fictitious aliens to life and other storied tales from his long-standing career in the Hollywood industry of special effects makeup design and creation. The video of the event can be viewed below.

A Brief Career Biography

Source: Wikipedia

He began working for Universal Studios in 1961 as a make-up artist, and was promoted after three years to Assistant Department Head of Make-Up. He apprenticed to John Chambers on the 1963 film The List of Adrian Messenger (1963). Some of Westmore’s earliest roles at Universal included The Munsters (1964–1966) and Land of the Lost (1974–1977).

He became a freelance make-up artist during the 1970s and 80s, working on films such as Rocky (1976) and Raging Bull (1980). For Raging Bull, Westmore designed the prosthetic noses which Robert De Niro wore throughout the film, and the make up which simulated bleeding though tubes placed under fake skin. One of the more unusual effects used on the boxing film was a special effect which showed a nose breaking from a punch on screen.

He worked with Tom Burman on make-up sets for the Central Intelligence Agency for operatives overseas to change identities. A set created by the pair sold for $20,000 in 2011.

In 1985 he appeared in a video released on VHS called Looking Your Best with Michael Westmore.

He was hired in 1986 to work on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994), and would go on to work on all other Star Trek television series to date, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. He was initially apprehensive about working on a television show as his previous experience had been only with feature films, but after discussing it with his wife he thought that the idea of a year-long project was positive.

During his time on the shows he developed the make-up for several alien races, including the Ferengi, Cardassians, Jem’Hadar, and further developed the make-up used on Klingon characters. One of his first roles was the development of the make-up used on Brent Spiner to create the character Data. He left the Star Trek franchise in 2005, following the cancellation of Enterprise.

Following Star Trek, he went into semi-retirement and worked on the musical version of Mask (1985), having previously worked on the movie version. He was responsible for Kamal Hassan’s make up in the Shankar directed Indian Tamil film called Indian (1996) [alternate title, Hindustani]. He also spent eighteen months on the Indian film Dasavathaaram (2008), where actor Kamal Haasan played ten different roles which each required prosthetics.

He has begun work as a producer and aims to write a two-volume autobiography. He also made a guest appearance on the third season finale of reality TV make-up show Face Off (2011), alongside his daughter McKenzie Westmore who is the presenter of the show. After that, he has appeared in subsequent seasons as a mentor to the contestants of the show.

Recorded on December 12, 2014. Source: UCTV