Oscars Adds Popular Movie Category, Announces Other Big Changes

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Also, the 92nd Oscar ceremony in 2020 will air on the much earlier date of Sunday, February 9, presumably to battle complaints that the show's usual late-February or early-March date feels a little late.

Dawn Hudson, it has been revealed that Outstanding Popular Film will be a new award at next year's ceremony, one of three changes to the show shared Wednesday.

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world.

The legendarily lengthy Oscars telecast will also be shortened, which means certain awards will not be presented during the live broadcast - another major break with Academy Awards tradition.

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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. The 2019 ceremony will still air February 24.

But when it comes time to nominate films for the annual Academy Awards, they've mostly been snubbed.

The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date.

- Damian Pietrzak (@Damiansport1)We need to see all categories and awards, please do not give anything in commercial breaks. They're scooching up the broadcast a couple weeks earlier in February - but not until the 2020 telecast.

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In a message to its members the Academy said eligibility requirements for the new category and other key details would be "forthcoming".

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

The Oscars are making some changes to their format, and that includes opening the door for more widely popular movies to get recognized, including superhero films. It is not known which will be cut, nor what he eligibility criteria for the new popular film award will be.

This experiment failed, and it felt as though the only way to "fix" it was to just go back to five Best Picture nominations.

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This may be inspired by declining Oscar ratings over the years as well as the Best Picture victories for more niche movies like "Spotlight" (2015), "Moonlight" (2016) and "The Shape of Water" (2017).

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