In a letter to members of the Academy, the organization's board of.
The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020. The body stated that the smaller awards will be presented during the telecast's commercial breaks, with the winning moments aired later in the broadcast. Details on eligibility have yet to be announced.
The new 2020 air date moves the telecast from a previously announced date later in the month.
This change passed the voting process, which signifies how important it is to make the Oscars broadcast more appealing to a wider range of viewers. "The Board of Governors took this charge seriously", the message stated.
We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you. - We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. Fine, whatever. While it seems like bullshit - as we already know more technical achievements will be cut from the "live" broadcast in order for Seth MacFarlane to tap dance a second time with Paddington and the TuPac hologram - a compact show really isn't a awful thing at all.
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After the news broke, film aficionados immediately dove in to the discussion to give their guesses as to what this new "popular film" category will be.
One final change was also announced. But the academy didn't specify what films would be categorized as "popular" or when this change would take effect.
And it turned out that many people hadn't even heard of the movies in question, let alone seen them. Would they have been too popular for the official Best Picture category? - We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
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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. It's a way for the Academy to include movies they probably wouldn't recognize in the first place (see: genre pictures).
Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame.