Oscars Add "Popular Film" Category; Won’t Televise All Awards


The recently announced changes to the Oscars have many of our forum posters up in arms, but they also raise a number of questions.

-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". Specific details about eligibility have not been revealed, but one has to wonder if films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, or The Martian may no longer be Best Picture candidates.

However, the three-hour telecast means select categories will not air live. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast. 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.

Oscar statues are seen backstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Either way, expect this to shake up the Oscar race in future. Leadened with below-the-line category award presentations for accomplished pros that Oscar's global audience was completely unaware of, who then thanked love ones that the world at large was even less aware of, Oscar struggles in the ratings ever year, despite the cleverness of hosts like Jimmy Kimmel or Hugh Jackman.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019. Read the full message to Academy members below.

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Criticised in the past for ignoring blockbusters and genre films, the move will hopefully mean a more balanced view of the American film industry - although the Best Picture nominations are unlikely to change.

This is especially interesting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never won an Oscar - embarrassingly, despite Suicide Squad grabbing a Best Makeup and Hairstyling gong a year ago - but that could very well change with this new award category.

As of now, it's unclear if these changes will be in effect during this winter's upcoming Oscars, or the 2020 telecast.

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

Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame.