ScreenSkills Head of Film Won't Cast Oscars Votes in Protest at Excluded Categories

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ScreenSkills Head of Film Won't Cast Oscars Votes in Protest at Excluded Categories


Dalton, Ben, Screen International


Gareth Ellis-Unwin says plan to cut four categories from TV broadcast ”is a damaging move”.

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, head of film and animation at UK skills charity ScreenSkills, has said he will not cast his final round votes for this year’s Oscars, due to the Academy’s decision to present certain awards during advert breaks in the show.

Academy president John Bailey announced in a letter to members on Monday 11 February that cinematography, editing, make-up and hairstyling, and live-action short will be handed out during advert breaks in this year’s ceremony.

Ellis-Unwin, who won the Oscar for best film as producer of The King’s Speech in 2011, said. “I think it is a damaging move not to recognise some of the roles that are critical to the filmmaking process. …

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