2019 OSCAR AWARDS SWITCHING UP FORMAT
There are big changes for next years Academy Awards ceremony format in the hopes of retaining the dwindling number of telecast viewers.
The Academy President John Bailey and the CEO Dawn Hudson said in a letter to members that the board has "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours." They explain that this will be achieved partly by "present[ing] select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)."
Those categories will not be removed from the telecast; instead, "the winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast." This new format will be similar to the one at the Tony Awards where portions of the ceremony are pre-recorded. The 91st Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24, 2019.