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 Oscar.com 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 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.