Big changes coming to Academy Awards

Big changes coming to Academy Awards

In changes to the awards ceremony announced Wednesday morning nearly certainly created to try to address declining ratings to the ABC telecast (in the Academy's words "improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world"), the Motion Picture Academy announced a new category for new category for "outstanding achievement in popular film".

They have also announced that a new category is being designed around achievement in popular film, and that they are planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.

It's among three changes approved on Tuesday by the Academy's board of governors.

The next Oscars air Sunday, February 24, 2019. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.

The statement reads: "To honour all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

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The Academy has a long reputation of snubbing hit films whose genres aren't usually considered Oscar material.

It also announced that presentation would be aired at a much earlier date than expected, in February 2020.

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

Almost a decade after expanding its Best Picture category to include up to 10 nominees in an effort to feature a wider variety of films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making another big change that could mean more spotlight time for genre films and blockbusters. What we do know, though, is that the Academy has just taken a major step in the direction of focusing more on blockbusters, which are often viewed as a kind of art form unto themselves.

"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films," Palotta wrote. The next ceremony will be the 91st Academy Awards. The new category will be called the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film and was announced by Academy President John Bailey and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a letter (via THR).

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