Oscars announce new popular film category

Oscars announce new popular film category

Oscars announce new popular film category

The requirements aren't known just yet, though we assume it will be to integrate films that are more popular with the buying public rather than exclusively the critics.

Oscar viewership is often tied to the box-office muscle of the big nominees. However, while the film earned Heath Ledger a posthumous award for his supporting role as the Joker, the film itself was left out of the Best Picture category.

Black Panther is a bit different in that regard, as there was already hope that it would score some nominations on its own. The following year, the Artistic category was dropped and the Outstanding Picture victor, "Wings", was retroactively considered to be the night's biggest victor. This year's almost four-hour telecast, hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, dropped 19 percent from the previous year to just 26.5 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter - an all-time low. The Academy wants to turn that around understandably. In addition, the board voted to limit the length of its annual awards show to three hours.

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. Read the full message to Academy members below.

The board of governors announced the changes in a letter to academy members after the board's Tuesday meeting.

The legendarily lengthy Oscars telecast will also be shortened, which means certain awards will not be presented during the live broadcast - another major break with Academy Awards tradition.

The Oscars are adding a new category for popular films and shortening the award ceremony to three hours. There are no other details available about the award yet, including eligibility information, but the change is part of a continued effort by the Academy to keep the Oscars "relevant in a changing world".

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23.

This change passed the voting process, which signifies how important it is to make the Oscars broadcast more appealing to a wider range of viewers. 91st Oscars telecast is now scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Almost a decade after expanding its Best Picture category to include up to 10 nominees in an effort to feature a wider variety of films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making another big change that could mean more spotlight time for genre films and blockbusters.

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