Next Year's Oscars Will Feature "Popular" Movies And Will Be Much Shorter

09 August, 2018, 22:28 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • There will soon be a new Oscar statuette up for grabs-

The new category was announced in a letter to Academy members that also reveals the 2020 date of the Oscars ceremony will be moved to earlier in February than the event usually runs.

It's all change at the Academy - for the 91st Oscars ceremony, the Powers That Be have chose to add a new "Popular Film" category to honor "outstanding achievements" in blockbuster and genre movies, which are so often maligned by Academy voters year in, year out.

The Academy also said it would present a "select" number of categories during the ad breaks of the broadcast, with those moments edited and shown later.

The Oscars are making some changes to their format, and that includes opening the door for more widely popular movies to get recognized, including superhero films.

Among the other changes approved by the board of governors are shifting the telecast date earlier in the year and taking some categories out of the live telecast.

Another new, major change will be trying to keep the Oscars broadcast to a tight three hours.

The addition of a popular film category caused the most chatter Wednesday morning, as a clear effort to attract a larger audience by honoring bigger and more seen films.


The letter also announced that the 92nd Oscars will air in an earlier date: February 9, 2020. And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?"

This complaint has already spawned some changes to the Academy's annual ceremony, most notably a decision in 2009 to expand Best Picture nominees from five to 10 in part because one of 2008's most acclaimed films, The Dark Knight, was left out of the Best Picture category that year.

Industry observers have complained that sometimes, the Oscars come almost two months after the Golden Globes, making Tinseltown's awards season a marathon of gowns, glitz - and stress.

In order to fit all the awards into the new 3-hour timeslot, certain awards will be presented during commercial breaks.

Following the lowest-rated telecast in Oscars history in 2018, The Academy is announcing some changes on the awards show. "We have the MTV Movie Awards for that kind of junk", he said.

Big-budget blockbusters like the Marvel and Star Wars franchises aren't completely ignored by the Academy: they're usually given a nod for visual effects, sound design or other technical accomplishments. 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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