Huge Changes Coming To The Oscars

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

The Academy also plans to set an earlier air date for the Oscars in 2020 - February 9 - and will be making that broadcast more "globally accessible".

The Academy Board of Governors has yet to reveal more information about what kind of achievement will be recognized and what qualifies as a popular film, and the Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Future broadcasts will be three hours long and will include a new category that is designed around achievement in popular film.

The new 2020 air date moves the telecast from a previously announced date later in the month.

Major changes are coming to the Oscars next year. As the report points out, ratings for the Oscars have been closely tied to the popularity of the films nominated, and this year is full of heavy hitters that more often than not get overlooked by the Oscars. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process".


There are some big changes in store at the Oscars. It wasn't specified whether it would be added for the 91st Academy Awards this February. "The Last Fall" director Matthew A. Cherry agreed "Black Panther" is a shoe-in, while adding that he'd like to see the Academy add a best stunt race, too. I hope that they will also think about what a big deal a new category is for the Academy and to that I say BRAVO to them. Next year's Oscars, however, will still air on Sunday, February 24.

Many commentators appeared unimpressed with the planned changes, suggesting that while it attempted to recognise films generally regarded as less serious the new category still relegated certain productions to a second-tier status.

Some categories will be presented "during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)". In 2008, The Dark Knight was a lock for a Best Picture nomination, until The Weinstein Company strong-armed The Reader into its place.

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you. And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?" Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film?

Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame. This is a very bad idea.

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