The Academy – it appears – has shot itself in the foot yet again this award's season after their boondoggle of a "Best Popular Film" Oscar category which was subsequently nixed and the whole Kevin Hart affair. Now they have announced 4 below the line award categories will be announced during commercial breaks this year and – presumably – a reel of the ensuing speeches will likely be shown during the regular program, all in an effort to make the broadcast a bit leaner.

The Academy announced February 11 that Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Live Action Short, and Best Makeup and Hair Styling will all be cut, with the Academy saying people will get to see the speeches of the winners in these axed categories, just not in real time.

Plenty of Oscar luminaries have spoken out about this, with Guillermo del Toro leading the charge, tweeting, "If I may: I would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but – Cinematography and Editing are at the very heart of our craft," del Toro tweeted. "They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition: they are cinema itself." A handful of other screenwriters, directors, cinematographers and those of other specialties also chimed in after del Toro. A few assorted reactions are below.

This would be a historic upset for another historic marker that took place with the nominations being announced this year. Roma director Alfonso Cuarón was nominated for Best Director and Best Cinematography – a first in Hollywood history if he wins as a director has never won for shooting his own movie. If Cuarón wins, we will not see his historic live reaction now.

The 91st Academy Awards will be held Sunday February 24 on ABC.