The Academy just added a ‘popular film’ category to the Oscars

13 August, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

It is good news for sequels and superheroes, as the Academy announced a brand new category for the Oscars.

The U.S. television audience for the March 2018 Oscar ceremony was the smallest in the awards' 90-year history.

When comedian Jimmy Kimmel hosted this year's Oscars, he may have unwittingly foreshadowed the controversy when he joked that blockbuster movie "Black Panther" had been so successful it was already the favorite to not get nominated the next year.

The sweeping changes also include handing out some of the 24 Academy Awards during commercial breaks in the February 24 broadcast on Walt Disney Co's DIS.N ABC network.

The response from many in the industry has been overwhelmingly negative since the announcement early Wednesday, with Rob Lowe even declaring, "The film business passed away today". It had been in poor health for a number of years.


Some commentators are suggesting that the blockbuster success of Black Panther may have inspired the new category, the first addition to the gongs line-up since Best Animated Feature was introduced in 2002.

The next Oscars ceremony will take place in Hollywood on February 24, as previously announced.

Runtime is a frequent criticism of the glitzy awards show, vexing hosts, and producers as they try year after year to keep the ceremony to a palatable length and often using the orchestra to play winners off the stage. Though the direction certainly helped, it was the editor (s) that made the film flow like water and suddenly their work is not important enough to honor on live TV?

The board reelected Bailey in a meeting held late on Tuesday; these changes were also regulated then. "They initially tried to do something similar about a decade ago when they extended the amount of Best Picture nominees from 5 to 10, because of the uproar when popular movies like "WALL-E" and "The Dark Knight" were being excluded from Best Picture nominations". All of this comes on the heels of a very successful year for Disney, with Black Panther garnering near-universal acclaim for its empowering message and tackling the complex issue of globalism with considerable thought and care.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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