Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2018

The film Academy has announced a number of changes to the Oscars, including the introduction of a new category.

The new Popular Film category is bound to be controversial, even before concrete details about it have been confirmed. 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.

Whether these changes mean the show will be better remains to be seen, but we're suddenly very excited for next year's awards season.

The Atlantic's David Sims dubbed the new bracket "The Black Panther Memorial Award for Movie That We're Afraid Won't Get a Best Picture Nomination", while Vulture's Mark Harris deemed it a "special fake Oscar" for the first superhero film with a primarily black cast.

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show.

Warren Beatty's old! Well, the Academy plans to remedy that, and to paraphrase Bobby D's Oscar-winning song, things will change.

Last night cinematographer John Bailey was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's Board of Governors. "Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming".

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

To accommodate a three-hour ceremony, the Academy will present select categories live in the Dolby Theatre and during commercial breaks. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process". For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

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