Oscars Creating 'Popular Film' Category In Academy Awards Reform

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This is likely to get out of the way of some of the other awards ceremonies that take place around that time.

What's more, the ceremony's 2020 show will air even earlier in the year on February 9.

This may be inspired by declining Oscar ratings over the years as well as the Best Picture victories for more niche movies like "Spotlight" (2015), "Moonlight" (2016) and "The Shape of Water" (2017).

The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020. They're scooching up the broadcast a couple weeks earlier in February - but not until the 2020 telecast. - We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.

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.

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show. Now the Oscars will take a page from the Tony Awards playbook by announcing some of the categories during commercial breaks. "Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming". The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process. The 2019 Oscars will proceed as planned on February 24.

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

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We'll address points 1 and 3 in a bit, but it's point 2 - the new category for popular film - that's getting people talking today. Regardless of whatever "criteria" they end up outlining, the AMPAS might as well just slap a dollar sign on the trophy's forehead and call it "Most Money Earned" (or "Best Cape").

- The Kenny (@TheKennyMiles) August 8, 2018nomination for stunts please!

Some categories will be presented "during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

- Atlee Northmore (@southless95)I hope you will still telecast ALL categories including shorts. However, if such massive changes are in order, it's possible that the Academy is in a hurry to see if these modifications will have the intended effect of renewing interest in the prestigious awards show.

- Luis Carlos G Mtz (@LuisCarlosGMtz1)does this mean it's being shortened AND it won't be live?

Does that mean even less Academy recognition for similar films now that they may have a separate category? And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?"