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The Academy Adds New Category! But Also Must Compromise…

The Academy Adds New Category! But Also Must Compromise…

For 2019, organizers are hoping to produce a "more accessible" three-hour show - by presenting some of the awards during commercial breaks, Academy president John Bailey and chief executive officer Dawn Hudson told members, news agency AFP reported.

The biggest change to the Academy Awards comes in the addition of a new category that is being designed around achievement in a popular film.

One person wrote, "I stopped watching the Oscars in the last two years because I'm sick of celebrities wagging their fingers at me, and lecturing me on how I should think and how I should live my life".

Among the other changes approved by the board of governors are shifting the telecast date earlier in the year and taking some categories out of the live telecast.

The annual Oscars ceremony will recognize popular films and be limited to just three hours, organizers said on Wednesday, in a bid to stave off slumping audiences for the most prestigious honors in the movie industry.

So expect the Best Picture category to stay "Best Drama That Makes You Cry", and this new category to be the one where you pull for the big franchise movie you love, or maybe that exceptional comedy.

The Oscars has also announced that its planning an earlier date for 2020 - advising film fans to mark their calendars for February 9.




IndieWire chief film critic Eric Kohn told The Washington Post that the "crass" category frustrates him. Some will be presented during commercial breaks at the Dolby Theatre, with the key moments being edited into the broadcast later.

The board also announced a shorter show of three hours. The date change affects the 92nd Oscars, too, given the ceremony has been brought forward to February 9th. This year's Best Picture victor, The Shape of Water, made a solid $63 million at the U.S. box office, but this was in huge contrast to the vast success of movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, none of which were featured in the main categories.

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

The moves come amidst plummeting TV ratings for the Oscars ceremony.

The Academy Awards is getting a new category. "We have the MTV Movie Awards for that kind of junk", he said.

The changes are the biggest since the Academy in 2016 pledged to double its female and minority membership by 2020 in response to the #OscarsSoWhite criticism of its nominees.


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