Oscars announce new popular film category

Oscars announce new popular film category

Criticised in the past for ignoring blockbusters and genre films, the move will hopefully mean a more balanced view of the American film industry - although the Best Picture nominations are unlikely to change.

The devil is in the details.

In 1929 at the first Oscars ceremony, the Academy awarded films in two separate categories - Outstanding Picture and Unique And Artistic Picture - both considered the top awards of the night.

Starting with the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020, a new Oscar will be awarded for achievement in popular film.

It is unclear, however, whether the change will come into effect in time for the next Oscars ceremony in February.

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"We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide", the board said. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast. Those categories haven't been determined, but there has been push-back in the past in awards-season shows (not just the Oscars) from below-the-line crafts wary of having their categories nudged off the main broadcast.

The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date. While the details of this new category have not been disclosed yet, it's safe to assume that nominees will be films that managed to please not only critics, but audiences as well. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. So, while they're being straight up about "this is the movie that y'all voted for the most with your dollar this year", the Academy's also telling you that whatever movie you liked best probably wasn't going to win without them being "generous" enough to invent a new slot. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

However, others tweeted that they aren't too thrilled with the idea of the Academy only showing select categories live, with the other awards to be given out during commercial breaks.

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