Oscars announce new popular film category

08 August, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • The Oscars Will Be Adding A New Category To Honor ‘Popular’ Movies

Dawn Hudson, it has been revealed that Outstanding Popular Film will be a new award at next year's ceremony, one of three changes to the show shared Wednesday.

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.

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

In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks.

The most attention-grabbing announcement is the arrival of a new award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film. The Academy has shifted the date of its 2020 broadcast, which will honor 2019 releases, from February 23 to February 9. The ceremony often runs close to four hours since all 24 categories are handed out on the air, from Best Picture all the way to Best Documentary Short. But the academy didn't specify what films would be categorized as "popular" or when this change would take effect.

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Earlier airdate of February 9th, 2020. It's a separate category from the Best Picture trophy, although the Hollywood Reporter reports that films will likely be able to compete for both prizes. "Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming".

The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Although Oscars does award commercially successful films, it tends to exclude genre movies such or superhero films like Star Wars or, more recently, Black Panther. Many wrote that they hoped the category will be about stunt work. And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash. The way they propose to do that is to present select categories live during the commercial breaks and edit them in and air them later on during the broadcast.

Popular film? What is this? But they've sought to address it, in years past, by zipping through the technical awards (which are held and taped days before the main Oscars telecast) and hectoring presenters to keep their acceptance speeches pithy.

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