Oscars announce new popular film category

09 August, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • A New Oscars Category Is on the Way as Academy Announces a Few Big Changes

The Academy is making some changes to the Oscars. Details on eligibility have yet to be announced.

The lack of nominations for blockbusters led to a change previously as well.

By contrast, none of the 10 highest grossing films of past year - including The Fate of the Furious, Despicable Me 3 and Beauty and The Beast, which brought in upwards of $1 billion - were nominated for major awards. The following year, the category was widened from five nominees to ten.

However, in order to meet that deadline, and include the new category, some categories will be shifted out of the telecast.

Critics of this latest move point out, rightly, that there's already an award for being a popular film - box office grosses. However, a Best Picture win for a blockbuster is not unheard of. That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor.

Other changes set to take place, according to the Academy: a stricter adherence to a three-hour telecast and an earlier airdate for the 92nd annual Oscars. But they've sought to address it, in years past, by zipping through the technical awards (which are held and taped days before the main Oscars telecast) and hectoring presenters to keep their acceptance speeches pithy. At this time, the specific categories haven't been determined.


"The new category will be introduced this coming year, at the 91st Oscars".

For 2019, organizers are hoping to produce a "more accessible" three-hour show - by presenting some of the awards during commercial breaks, Academy president John Bailey and chief executive officer Dawn Hudson told members.

The Academy which runs the Oscars ceremony has added a new category to honour popular films and has promised a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast", Bailey and Hudson explain in the letter shared by THR.

Australia's Logie Awards wrestle with a similar issue, in that they have two groups of categories, one voted by the audience, and the other voted by juries of industry professionals.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019.

Last year, "Wonder Woman's" complete shutout aroused an uproar from many who consider the first female-headlined superhero film award-worthy, and as Woerner pointed out, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but not best picture.

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