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Oscars to shorten run-time, add popular film category

08 August 2018

The Oscars have always been a bit of a popularity contest, but a new award for "outstanding achievement in popular film" is set to shake things up a bit.

"Oscars designating a new award for "popular movies" just reiterates to its entire voting body and the world the inane conception that genre movies aren't as good as dramatic! independent! films!" wrote Polygon's Julia Alexander.

The Academy's board of governors has approved several changes for next year's Oscars, and among them is the introduction of a new category.

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 new date moves up the awards - typically held on the last Sunday in February (or first Sunday in March when accommodating for the Winter Olympics) - to February 9, 2020.

"So...does that mean that films like "Black Panther" and "Mission Impossible" can't compete for Best Picture?"

However, the three-hour telecast means select categories will not air live. Details on eligibility have yet to be announced. That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor.

The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years. The 2019 Oscars will proceed as planned on February 24. 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.

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

Popular film? What is this?

Furthermore, "popular" and "Oscar-worthy" are not mutually exclusive - even based on Academy precedent, with profitable titles like Avatar, Titanic, and the entire original Lord of the Rings trilogy taking home multiple Academy Awards. "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".

Oscars to shorten run-time, add popular film category