Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

The Oscars are adding a new category to honour popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020.

In changes to the awards ceremony announced Wednesday morning nearly certainly created to try to address declining ratings to the ABC telecast (in the Academy's words "improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world"), the Motion Picture Academy announced a new category for new category for "outstanding achievement in popular film".

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


It's among three changes approved on Tuesday by the Academy's board of governors. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast". The 2019 ceremony will still air February 24.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Academy announced that it would be making a few major changes for its 91st award ceremony in 2020. The annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002. However, if such massive changes are in order, it's possible that the Academy is in a hurry to see if these modifications will have the intended effect of renewing interest in the prestigious awards show. Is Best Popular Film a good idea or not? Details on eligibility have yet to be announced. Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public. 91st Oscars telecast is now scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2019. Many wrote that they hoped the category will be about stunt work. So, while they're being straight up about "this is the movie that y'all voted for the most with your dollar this year", the Academy's also telling you that whatever movie you liked best probably wasn't going to win without them being "generous" enough to invent a new slot.

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category??? The way they propose to do that is to present select categories live during the commercial breaks and edit them in and air them later on during the broadcast.

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