Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Oscars introduce a new category for popular movies

Oscars introduce a new category for popular movies

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

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy's board of governors came together on Tuesday to figure out how they can add some pep to their golden-glazed step for a culture that changes rapidly by the hour.

To accommodate a three-hour ceremony, the Academy will present select categories live in the Dolby Theatre and during commercial breaks. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast.

The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk 3-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020.

The new 2020 air date moves the telecast from a previously announced date later in the month.

The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date. "The Last Fall" director Matthew A. Cherry agreed "Black Panther" is a shoe-in, while adding that he'd like to see the Academy add a best stunt race, too. - We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9. In order to accomplish this, not all of the categories will be presented live. 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.

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.

But there are still plenty of popular films that earn Oscar recognition in top categories, like "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015), "The Martian" (2015) and "Get Out" (2017). The 2019 Oscars will proceed as planned on February 24. It's not clear when the new award category will be rolled out. Regardless of whatever "criteria" they end up outlining, the AMPAS might as well just slap a dollar sign on the trophy's forehead and call it "Most Money Earned" (or "Best Cape"). And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?"

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category???

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