The Academy announces new changes to the Oscars, including popular film category

The Academy announces new changes to the Oscars, including popular film category

Films like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and others are likely candidates, films that typically would score nominations for things like art, set design, costume design, and other categories but not for things like best film, best actor/actress, etc.

In a letter sent to members, the Academy also announced that the telecast will now be kept to under three hours which means that some of the 24 categories will be announced during commercial breaks and then edited into the ceremony later on. 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 winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast".

An outstanding popular film category may also go some way to allay criticism that numerous films acknowledged by the Oscars are "increasingly irrelevant" and do not reflect what the viewing public want to watch.

The Academy's new Oscars popular film category isn't so popular.

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

Other planned changes include the televised Oscars show being cut down to three hours (an hour shorter than usual).

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you. Is Best Popular Film a good idea or not? Many wrote that they hoped the category will be about stunt work.

Many commentators appeared unimpressed with the planned changes, suggesting that while it attempted to recognise films generally regarded as less serious the new category still relegated certain productions to a second-tier status. "Popular films are films!"