The Academy has Reversed its Decision: All Categories to Air Live

Last year's winners of the acting categories. Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman. Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9446181ks)

Its official: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has reversed its controversial decision to relegate four categories to commercial breaks. 

The winners of Cinematography, Editing, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Live Action Short awards will now be awarded during the live telecast, Deadline confirms. The decision was made by Academy president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson.

“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,” an Academy statement said.

The initial decision was criticized by a slew of Hollywood A-listers including Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro and more.

It looks like that at least this time, common sense prevailed. 

The 91st Academy Awards take place Sunday February 24, at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California.