Outrage As Top Oscars Categories Shafted From Live Broadcast

Filmmakers have responded in horror after it was announced that four major Oscars categories have been relegated to the commercial breaks.

Instead of being honoured during the televised broadcast, the Oscars for Cinematography, Hair and Makeup, Editing and Live-Action Shorts will be rushed through off-air.

The announcement has Hollywood heavyweights scratching their heads at the bizarre attempt to keep the ceremony running to schedule.

Russell Crowe -- whose film Gladiator was nommed for Best Cinematography back in 2000 -- said the decision was "fundamentally stupid".

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Alfonso Cuarón's films have been nominated in the category four times -- including winning film Gravity in 2013 and this year's entrant, Roma. 

The Mexican director pointed out that there's no cinema without cinematography! 

"In the history of CINEMA, masterpieces have existed without sound, without colour, without a story, without actors and without music," he wrote on Twitter. "No one single film has ever existed without CINEMAtography and without editing."

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Seth Rogen also chimed in with a healthy heaping of sarcasm aimed at The Academy.

"What better way to celebrate achievements in film than to not publicly honour the people who's [sic] job it is to literally film things," he wrote on Twitter.

Guillermo del Toro -- whose film The Shape Of Water was up for Best Cinematography at last year's ceremony -- said it was sacrilegious to exclude the category, as well as Editing, from the live broadcast.

The American Society of Cinematographers president Kees Van Oostrum sent a letter to the group's 380 members, urging protest against the Academy's decision, published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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"We consider filmmaking to be a collaborative effort where the responsibilities of the director, cinematographer, editor and other crafts often intersect. This decision could be perceived as a separation and division of this creative process, thus minimising our fundamental creative contributions," Van Oostrum wrote.

One Twitter user pointed out that there was a simple solution for The Academy to look into to keep the ceremony running on schedule. 

The Academy Award for Best Cinematography has previously been won by films including Titanic,  Inception, Pan's Labyrinth, Schindler's List and Lawrence Of Arabia. 

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