The 2023 Oscars will see some massive changes in the wake of the highly controversial telecast of 2022.
Last year, the 94th Academy Awards ceremony occurred on March 27th at the Dolby Theatre in L.A. The show featured several historical firsts, from its first all-Black production team led by Will Packer, to Ariana DeBose becoming the first openly queer woman of color to win an acting Oscar. Will Smith even won his first Oscar for his role in King Richard, but he also landed his first controversy with the slap heard around the world. Although the slap sparked widespread backlash, it wasn’t the only thing that upset fans and artists alike that night.
Many took to social media to slam the Academy’s decision to omit eight categories from the live show, leaving the winners and nominees of those categories unnoticed or recognized. Instead, the categories were presented prior to the ceremony.
But now, it appears the Academy has heard the complaints and is making changes.
According to Variety, all 23 categories will air during the 2023 telecast.
The news was announced on Tuesday in a statement from Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
“I can confirm that all categories will be included in the live telecast,” he said. “We are committed to having a show that celebrates the artisans, the arts and sciences, and the collaborative nature of moviemaking. This is very much what the mission of the Academy is, and I am very hopeful that we can do a show that celebrates all components of moviemaking in an entertaining and engaging way.”
Jimmy Kimmel will return as host of the big night, and Glenn Weiss will return as director for the eighth consecutive year. The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on March 12, 2023.