Next Year's Oscars Will Feature "Popular" Movies And Will Be Much Shorter

The Oscars Will Be Adding A New Category To Honor ‘Popular’ Movies

The changes were revealed in a email from John Bailey, the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent to members on Wednesday.

Almost a decade after expanding its Best Picture category to include up to 10 nominees in an effort to feature a wider variety of films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making another big change that could mean more spotlight time for genre films and blockbusters. Winners in less prominent categories will likely receive their awards during commercial breaks, with highlights from those presentations edited and aired later in the broadcast, according to the report.

The telecast is getting cut down to three hours, but even more substantial is the addition of a new category awarding the best achievement in "popular films". Next year's 91st Awards will take place in its traditional late February slot, but in the following year, it will be held on Sunday, February 9.

The Academy has recently made much-lauded moves to diversify and expand its membership, which would theoretically lead to a corresponding diversification and expansion of the kind of films that get nominated for, and awarded, Oscars. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. "The Last Fall" director Matthew A. Cherry agreed "Black Panther" is a shoe-in, while adding that he'd like to see the Academy add a best stunt race, too. They're scooching up the broadcast a couple weeks earlier in February - but not until the 2020 telecast. 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. "Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", reads the statement. As THR notes, this is probably an attempt to make the Oscars seem more relevant, instead of taking place right at the end of the months-long awards circuit. The 2019 Oscars will proceed as planned on February 24.

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Popular film? What is this?

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

In order to fit all the awards into the new 3-hour timeslot, certain awards will be presented during commercial breaks. "Popular films are films!"

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