In an open letter to AMPAS president John Bailey, more than 50 major cinematographers and directors, including Spike Lee, Tarantino, and Roger Deakins have blasted the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to NOT televised four of the awards–including best cinematography, best editing, best hair & makeup, and best live action short..

The signers have urged the Academy to reverse the decision, saying, “The vocal response from our peers and the immediate backlash from industry leaders over the Academy’s decision makes it clear that it’s not too late to have this decision reversed.”

The letter was released Wednesday, two days after the announcement that the four categories would not be broadcast live, but presented in a delayed and edited version during the televised Oscar ceremony on February 24.

AMPAS made the decision in order to shorten the length of the Academy Awards broadcast.

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