Oscars Creating 'Popular Film' Category In Academy Awards Reform

Oscars 2020 Airdate Announced and Changes Teased by AMPAS

Oscars 2020 Airdate Announced and Changes Teased by AMPAS

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday a few changes to future Oscars telecasts: The televised ceremony will be limited to three hours; the 2020 ceremony will be bumped up two weeks to February 9; and, to the disdain of many, a new category will recognize achievement in popular film. "The Board of Governors took this charge seriously", the message stated. Edited versions of the awards given out during the breaks will air later in the broadcast.

From next year, there will be an award for outstanding achievement in popular film, the first time a new Oscar has been introduced since best animated film in 2001.

But when it comes time to nominate films for the annual Academy Awards, they've mostly been snubbed. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. The dirty (not so) secret of the Academy Awards is that they've never really been a benchmark of excellence to begin with. There are no other details available about the award yet, including eligibility information, but the change is part of a continued effort by the Academy to keep the Oscars "relevant in a changing world".

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will air February 24, 2019.

Films like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and others are likely candidates, films that typically would score nominations for things like art, set design, costume design, and other categories but not for things like best film, best actor/actress, etc.

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The Oscars are making some changes to their format, and that includes opening the door for more widely popular movies to get recognized, including superhero films.

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

"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films," Palotta wrote. (They don't specify which categories will be shunted to slots that won't be broadcast live, but if you're, say, a Hollywood sound editor or production designer, it might be best to start mentally preparing and managing your family's expectations now.) The Academy stresses that it will tape and edit those acceptance speeches on the fly, and insert them into the broadcast at some point. Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film?

But apparently the Academy couldn't stick with just one bad decision, as they're now going to be presenting certain categories during commercial breaks.

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