Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

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

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

The telecast, which is broadly seen as overly long, will be capped at three hours.

Change is coming to the #Oscars. - We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.

Read the full letter from The Academy below.

The Academy announced it's adding a new category, shortening the broadcast and moving up the date of the 2019 show.

Last night cinematographer John Bailey was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's Board of Governors. The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk 3-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020. In order to shorten the telecast, certain awards will given out during commercial breaks with an edited version of the presentation to air later in the broadcast.

Eligibility requirements for the new popular-film category have not been publicized, but several critics have already accused the academy of pandering and lessening the stature of the best-picture category.

Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognizing popular film, saying those would come later.

The 2019 ceremony will air February 24, while the 2020 ceremony will move to February 9. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process". Don't miss the 91st Oscars on ABC on Sunday, 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. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

We'll wait on more details about the proposed category, but meanwhile, I'm still holding out for a category that finally recognizes stunt performance in film.

Among the changes is to present fewer categories live.

- Beau Hawkins (@BeauHawkinsNYC)Some people wait all year for this.

What they're proposing now is different - they'll keep handing out awards without a break, even during commercials.

- Alice (@alicekatemurray)SERIOUSLY? This is SO disrespectful to the winners!

Tapley said the addition of a popular film category was "the worst of these ham-fisted maneuvers because it's such a condescending stance toward popular cinema". The MTV Movie Awards? Films that travel the festival circuit rarely garner the amount of attention that big-budget projects do, and he valued seeing once-marginalized works pushed into the spotlight.

- laura (@lauracsx)'Popular?' Does that mean bad but makes lots of money for the studios? Adding "Best Achievement In Popular Film" is, in actuality, the Academy being fucking honest for once.

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