Sunday, 19 August, 2018


Oscars introduce new award for outstanding popular film

HOLLYWOOD CA- MARCH 04 Review of the Oscar statue at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center Image The new category for popular film has proved controversial
Hannah Rogers | 08 August, 2018, 20:45

-Next up, and this may be the most controversial choice, they want to create a new category: "We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film". The annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002.

Although Oscars does award commercially successful films, it tends to exclude genre movies such or superhero films like Star Wars or, more recently, Black Panther.

The Academy also mentioned that the 2020 Oscars will be airing weeks earlier than usual on February 8.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy's board of governors came together on Tuesday to figure out how they can add some pep to their golden-glazed step for a culture that changes rapidly by the hour.

The Academy's board of governors has also set an earlier date for the 2020 Oscars ceremony and will shorten the telecast to three hours in an attempt to make the ceremony "more accessible for our viewers worldwide". For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24.

"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.

Finally, the date of 2020's Oscars has moved forward. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films", Palotta wrote.

After the news broke, film aficionados immediately dove in to the discussion to give their guesses as to what this new "popular film" category will be.

The requirements aren't known just yet, though we assume it will be to integrate films that are more popular with the buying public rather than exclusively the critics. "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".

The addition of a popular film category caused the most chatter Wednesday morning, as a clear effort to attract a larger audience by honoring bigger and more seen films. "Popular films are films!"

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