Speed Reads

2019 Oscars

Tyler Perry calls out the Academy for plan to give out Oscars during commercials

Tyler Perry put the Academy on blast at the 2019 Oscars for one of the many controversies leading up to this year's show.

While presenting the award for Best Cinematography, Perry pointed out that this was one of four awards that the Academy's leadership originally announced would not be handed out live during this year's Oscars. Instead, the plan was to give it out during a commercial break and then show portions of the acceptance speech later in the night.

"It is a true honor for me to present this next award live on camera, not during the commercial break," Perry said. "Thank you, Academy.”

The Academy ultimately gave in to widespread outrage and reversed plans not to give out all the awards live. This was the group's latest reversal after previously abandoning plans to introduce an award for Best Popular Film, a controversy also referenced during an opening bit from Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph. Watch Perry calling out the Academy below. Brendan Morrow