Oscars to shorten run-time, add popular film category

08 August, 2018, 21:30 | Author: Conrad Doyle

John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes.

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. Starting next year, the ceremony will now be shown in what the Academy describes as "a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast". The Hollywood Reporter reports that, after the last few Oscars telecast dwindled in audience numbers - the 2018 broadcast reaching new lows with 26.5 million viewers - a large shakeup is coming, one that is meant to bring mainstream focus back on the prestigious awards show.

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It is unclear, however, whether the change will come into effect in time for the next Oscars ceremony in February. Further details and eligibility requirements are yet to be announced, but the category is expected to cater to more blockbuster and genre films, often seen as maligned by awards ceremonies.

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

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"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", a statement sent to Academy members on August 7 reads. This creates ratings woes for the Academy, to be sure, but it's also generated an outcry from genre fans and critics, who argue that legitimately great artistic achievements in blockbuster and genre-heavy films are often overlooked, with a few exceptions like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and this year's big victor, The Shape of Water.

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

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Best Achievement In Popular Film. However, if such massive changes are in order, it's possible that the Academy is in a hurry to see if these modifications will have the intended effect of renewing interest in the prestigious awards show.

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