Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

After months of discussions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved three new changes to the Oscars, one of which could have huge implications on the Best Picture category. The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk 3-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020.

We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film.

"Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", Mr Bailey and Ms Hudson said in the letter.

The telecast has also limited its run time to three hours or less, revealing that select categories will be presented during commercial breaks.

And the inclusion of what amounts to a "most popular" category is also likely to be a source of friction for both film connoisseurs and some sections of the film industry who are not represented at the Oscars.

The Oscars have always been a bit of a popularity contest, but a new award for "outstanding achievement in popular film" is set to shake things up a bit. Which is a huge bummer for those of us who used to tune in exclusively to see who'd win the award for Best Costume Design.

The Academy has shifted the date of its 2020 broadcast, which will honor 2019 releases, from February 23 to February 9.


IndieWire chief film critic Eric Kohn told The Washington Post that the "crass" category frustrates him.

Big-budget blockbusters like the Marvel and Star Wars franchises aren't completely ignored by the Academy: they're usually given a nod for visual effects, sound design or other technical accomplishments.

Change is coming to the #Oscars. Even with this change it still can do that of course, but adding a new category just widens the net. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

The Academy Awards will introduce a new "popular film" category and a shorter award ceremony for 2019. However, while the film earned Heath Ledger a posthumous award for his supporting role as the Joker, the film itself was left out of the Best Picture category.

Next year's Academy Awards will still air on February 24th, as previously announced.

It is the latest attempt by the Academy to remain, in the words of its leadership, "relevant in a changing world", and to maintain its position as the premier awards ceremony for excellence in film.

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