Oscars To Launch A New 'Popular Film' Category

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Starting next year, the ceremony will now be shown in what the Academy describes as "a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast".

The changes were revealed in a email from John Bailey, the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent to members on Wednesday.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", Hudson and Bailey wrote.

It's among three changes approved on Tuesday by the Academy's board of governors. Others will be presented during commercial breaks, with the winners' acceptances "edited and aired later in the broadcast".

The Oscars have always been a bit of a popularity contest, but a new award for "outstanding achievement in popular film" is set to shake things up a bit.

Finally, awards season will shrink by a few weeks: the 2020 Oscars will be handed out on February 9. The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9.

The Academy announced some big changes for future Oscars ceremonies. The annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002. The Academy has shifted dates over the years, usually from March in the 1940s and 1980s and April in the 1960s and 1970s before settling in February in the mid-2000s.

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Details on eligibility for the new category have yet to be announced.

But there are still plenty of popular films that earn Oscar recognition in top categories, like "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015), "The Martian" (2015) and "Get Out" (2017).

Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame.

While details of the popular film category are yet to be announced, it could be a way of superhero films finally breaking through to the Oscars with the acclaimed box office hit Black Panther possibly making an appearance. Period. There's no need to put a "popular film" label on it.

This experiment failed, and it felt as though the only way to "fix" it was to just go back to five Best Picture nominations.

Some categories will be presented "during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category???

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