Oscars announce new changes to upcoming ceremonies, including a shorter telecast

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

The Oscars are adding a new category to honour popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences re-elected John Bailey as president for a second term on Tuesday, a few months after a sexual harassment allegation leveled against him was investigated and dismissed by the organization.

The next year, the Academy expanded its Best Picture category to 10 nominees to try and recognize more "populist" films like The Dark Knight.

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.

All jokes aside, here's another thing that rubs this writer the wrong way about the new "Popular Film" category: it's inherently condescending toward whatever ends up winning that year. So the upcoming Oscars will still be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 as planned - but the year after that, the broadcast will fall earlier in traditional awards season.

The next ceremony will be the 91st Academy Awards. The dirty (not so) secret of the Academy Awards is that they've never really been a benchmark of excellence to begin with. - We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.

However, the three-hour telecast means select categories will not air live. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date.

Change is coming to the #Oscars.

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

The addition of Outstanding Popular Film is the first new category since 2001 when Best Animated Feature made its debut as part of the show. Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public.

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category???

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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