New 'Popular' Oscar Announced to Immediate Boos

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

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The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9.

The Oscars are introducing a new awards category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date.

"So...does that mean that films like "Black Panther" and "Mission Impossible" can't compete for Best Picture?" So if they're classified as "popular" films, will they also be eligible for Best Picture? Nine years ago, the Academy expanded the best picture roster from five nominees to 10.

However, in order to meet that deadline, and include the new category, some categories will be shifted out of the telecast.

As it stands, however, the Best Popular Film category appears to be highly subjective in definition. "Toy Story 3" was nominated for both best picture and best animated feature. Blockbusters like "Avatar" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "American Sniper" (2014) and "The Revenant" (2015) often do quite well in the Oscar nominations even without a separate category.

The Oscars do not, for example, recognise the work of stuntmen and stuntwomen, or choreographers, voice artists and a multitude of other professional and artistic disciplines in the film industry. And finally, they are planning a more "globally accessible, three-hour telecast" for the Academy Awards.

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It did not say which of the 24 awards handed out on Oscars night would be shifted. The way they propose to do that is to present select categories live during the commercial breaks and edit them in and air them later on during the broadcast. The earlier date will begin with the 92nd Oscars in 2020.

As of now, it's unclear if these changes will be in effect during this winter's upcoming Oscars, or the 2020 telecast. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast", Bailey and Hudson explain in the letter shared by THR.

The decision to create a special category for popular films sparked an immediate backlash, with one critic saying it smacked of desperation.

The 2019 ceremony will air February 24, while the 2020 ceremony will move to February 9. The eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period, meanwhile, will remain the same.

It is the latest attempt by the Academy to remain, in the words of its leadership, "relevant in a changing world", and to maintain its position as the premier awards ceremony for excellence in film.

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