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Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

The most attention-grabbing announcement is the arrival of a new award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film. As THR points out, the most successful movies at the box office each year are rarely represented in the main categories and usually have to make do with technical awards.

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's likely to be a contraversial desicion though, as rewarding "popularity" (which presumably means ticket sales) hasn't traditionally been the role of the Oscars.

"We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide", the letter reads.

It also announced that presentation would be aired at a much earlier date than expected, in February 2020. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming. "The Board of Governors took this charge seriously", the message stated. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined).

This complaint has already spawned some changes to the Academy's annual ceremony, most notably a decision in 2009 to expand Best Picture nominees from five to 10 in part because one of 2008's most acclaimed films, The Dark Knight, was left out of the Best Picture category that year.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast".

Popular film? What is this? 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. "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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