The Academy Adds Best Popular Film Oscar Category

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After months of discussions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved three new changes to the Oscars, one of which could have huge implications on the Best Picture category.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", Hudson and Bailey wrote. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

In a letter sent to members, the Academy also announced that the telecast will now be kept to under three hours which means that some of the 24 categories will be announced during commercial breaks and then edited into the ceremony later on.

The most welcome piece of news, though, is that the Academy says it will take steps to battle the show's tendency to run long - way too long, in many cases - and create a "more globally accessible, three-hour telecast".


The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019.

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. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade.

- Damian Pietrzak (@Damiansport1)We need to see all categories and awards, please do not give anything in commercial breaks. Further details and eligibility requirements are yet to be announced, but the category is expected to cater to more blockbuster and genre films, often seen as maligned by awards ceremonies.

Change is coming to the #Oscars.


The Academy last added a new category in 2001 for Best Animated Feature. This is a big move up for the Oscars 2020 airdate, as the 91st Academy Awards are scheduled to air on February 24, 2019, with nominations to be announced on January 22.

It means films which are popular with the public but not with critics could be much more likely to be recognised. In order to accomplish this, not all of the categories will be presented live. Period. There's no need to put a "popular film" label on it.

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category??? "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".


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