Director Guillermo del Toro has criticised the format changes to this year’s Oscars ceremony.
During his acceptance speech for the Filmmaking Achievements Award from the Hollywood Critics Association, Del Toro called out the decision to move eight of the Oscars categories to a slot an hour before the live broadcast and to re-edit them in during the show.
“We don’t do [movies] alone, we do them together, and the people that made them with us, they were risking everything in a pandemic,” he said.
“If any year was the year to think about it, this is not the year not to hear their names live at the Oscars. This is the year to say it – and say it loud.”
Encouraging others to speak out against the changes, Del Toro added: “Many of you that have a voice and that can say it should say, ‘We should not do that.’ We shouldn’t do it this year. We shouldn’t do it ever, but this year we are together in this.”
“The art is good. Every time we say something we invoke a whole reality with it, and we must say that this, 2021, was a fucking great year for movies.”
The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theatre In Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Del Toro’s latest film, Nightmare Alley, has been nominated for four Oscars at this year’s event, including Best Picture, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.