The Oscars Will Be Adding A New Category To Honor ‘Popular’ Movies

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-Next up, and this may be the most controversial choice, they want to create a new category: "We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film".

The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date.

Although Oscars does award commercially successful films, it tends to exclude genre movies such or superhero films like Star Wars or, more recently, Black Panther.

The board of governors announced the changes in a letter to academy members after the board's Tuesday meeting. Details on eligibility have yet to be announced.

The Academy's board of governors has also set an earlier date for the 2020 Oscars ceremony and will shorten the telecast to three hours in an attempt to make the ceremony "more accessible for our viewers worldwide". Next year's 91st Awards will take place in its traditional late February slot, but in the following year, it will be held on Sunday, February 9.

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In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks. The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9.

- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast". They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process".

Many commentators appeared unimpressed with the planned changes, suggesting that while it attempted to recognise films generally regarded as less serious the new category still relegated certain productions to a second-tier status.

"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.

Others blasted the academy with insults, calling the new changes "inane" and those who made them "cowards", while "Lord of the Rings" veteran Elijah Wood simply tweeted, "Best Popular Film? oof". Sure. Will it mean as much if it's in a special category that some fans view as a consolation prize that lessens the impact of the blockbusters while also potentially dulling the shine on the Best Picture category? "Popular films are films!"

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