Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

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

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.

The biggest change is the announcement of a new category, which is being designed around "achievement in popular film".

While details of the popular film category are yet to be announced, it could be a way of superhero films finally breaking through to the Oscars with the acclaimed box office hit Black Panther possibly making an appearance.

The board has now said that they are "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours".

To keep the ceremony to three hours, the academy vows to present only select categories live. In addition, some winners will now be announced during commercial breaks, then edited for airing later in the broadcast (Something the Grammys has been doing).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy's board of governors has approved the changes in the wake of falling viewing figures for the annual movie awards. Either way, expect this to shake up the Oscar race in future. Even with this change it still can do that of course, but adding a new category just widens the net. The Academy wants to turn that around understandably.

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The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years. The next year, the Academy expanded its Best Picture category to 10 nominees to try and recognize more "populist" films like The Dark Knight.

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.

As of now, it's unclear if these changes will be in effect during this winter's upcoming Oscars, or the 2020 telecast.

Finally, awards season will shrink by a few weeks: the 2020 Oscars will be handed out on February 9. There's already a time crunch for the Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards to present their prizes before Oscars are handed out. This could be a double-edged sword for some popular movies, serving to ghettoize high-grossing films that might have gotten into Best Picture anyway.

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