Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

The Academy announces new changes to the Oscars, including popular film category

The Academy announces new changes to the Oscars, including popular film category

The Academy also mentioned that the 2020 Oscars will be airing weeks earlier than usual on February 8. So the upcoming Oscars will still be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 as planned - but the year after that, the broadcast will fall earlier in traditional awards season.

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).

A three-hour Oscar telecast.

In March, the Academy said in a statement that it had conducted an investigation into an allegation of sexual harassment made against Bailey, and that it "unanimously determined that no further action was merited", allowing Bailey to continue in his post as president. Read the full message to Academy members below.

Last night, the Board of Governors met to elect new board officers, and discuss and approve significant changes to the Oscars telecast.

The board of governors announced the changes in a letter to academy members after the board's Tuesday meeting.

While none of the 24 awards will be axed completely some will be shifted to commercial breaks.

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The telecast is getting cut down to three hours, but even more substantial is the addition of a new category awarding the best achievement in "popular films".

Eligibility requirements for the new category have not been publicized, either, but several critics have accused the academy of pandering and lessening the stature of the best picture category. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process. 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.

The next year, the Academy expanded its Best Picture category to 10 nominees to try and recognize more "populist" films like The Dark Knight. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously. 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.

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.

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

- Atlee Northmore (@southless95)I hope you will still telecast ALL categories including shorts.

- Luis Carlos G Mtz (@LuisCarlosGMtz1)does this mean it's being shortened AND it won't be live? Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public.

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