MySC’s Statement of Solidarity

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) was founded in 1927 with ALL the creative branches of the film industry present in order to benefit the film industry and to strive for excellence in the craft of filmmaking. For the last 91 years, the Academy is looked up to globally as the standard of excellence in filmmaking and inspires many filmmakers to innovate and improve their craft.

On Monday, February 11, 2019 the Academy announced that this year’s Oscar presentations for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Make Up & Hairstyling will not be broadcasted. We feel that this decision is erroneous and puts out a wrong message to the world in what is considered important in filmmaking as it relegates these essential crafts to a lesser status.

The Malaysian Society of Cinematographers (MySC) stands with our fellow cinematographers from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and cinematographers worldwide to respectfully ask the Academy to reconsider their decision and to broadcast the awards ceremonies of ALL 24 categories; to recognize all who are responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema, and to not diminish the spirit of the Academy’s mandate of celebrating film as a collaborative art form.

Sincerely,

The members of the Malaysian Society of Cinematographers (MySC)

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