The Academy announces new changes to the Oscars, including popular film category

A New Oscars Category Is on the Way as Academy Announces a Few Big Changes

After the news broke, film aficionados immediately dove in to the discussion to give their guesses as to what this new "popular film" category will be. On the one hand, it will give the Oscars a chance to honor movies such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War or Mission: Impossible - Fallout that would assuredly have a much more hard, if not impossible time being nominated for Best Picture. And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash.

At this point, it's unclear whether or not the popular film category will be implemented as early as next year, I feel like the sooner, the better, as they can use a boost in overall viewership.

In other words, the films moviegoers are actually paying to see.

The Oscars has for a number of years celebrated its lifetime achievement honorees at a gala dinner in November.

Those winning moments will then be edited down for air later in the broadcast. At this time, the specific categories haven't been determined.

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

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show.

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It's also announced that starting next year and in 2020 the Oscars will feature a "more globally accessible three-hour telecast" and air nearly a month earlier on February 5. However, these winners will still be televised later in the broadcast, in the form of montage videos that will air later in the evening.

The annual Oscars ceremony will recognize popular films and be limited to just three hours, organizers said on Wednesday, in a bid to stave off slumping audiences for the most prestigious honors in the movie industry.

The statement added that "eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", though it's quite reasonable to expect that the award will require a minimum box office gross to ensure only truly populist movies make the cut.

The film academy is also shifting the date for the 92nd Academy Awards to earlier in the year. The eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period, meanwhile, will remain the same.

The next Oscars broadcast will be as announced, February 24, 2019.

The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years.

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