The Academy has reversed a controversial decision to not air the winners of some categories live after a backlash from several bold-faced names, including Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Guillermo del Toro. ABC previously announced that Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short and Makeup and Hairstyling would be axed from the live show, with awards getting handed out during commercial breaks.
A statement from the Academy's board of directors reads: "The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24."
Meanwhile, Bette Midler announced on Twitter that she will perform "The Place Where Lost Things Go" live on the February 24th broadcast.
On thing that’s still MIA: a host. Kevin Hart stepped down after homophobic tweets of his were resurfaced. Instead, stars like Brie Larson, Emilia Clarke and Gary Oldman will hand out awards.