Oscars 2019 Adds New Popular Film Category and Vows For Shorter Telecast

By: Todd Betzold

The Oscars are trying to change things up for the next broadcast. They know people complain about the nominees, as a lot of people haven't seen most of them, yet the year's biggest blockbusters are skipped over. That won't happen any longer, as The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced they would be creating a new category to honor "achievement in popular film." This new category will be introduced at the 2019 Oscars.

Besides the popular film category, the Academy said it is planning a "more globally accessible three-hour telecast" beginning in 2019. Also, they will be moving up the ceremony closer to the nomination ceremony, so people don't lose the buzz and excitement. Starting in 2020, the Oscars ceremony will be moved up to Feb. 9. This would be a month earlier than the normal slot at the end of February.

President John Bailey and chief executive office Dawn Hudson made the announcement of these changes in a letter to Academy board members. They said, “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.”

While there are no exact details on this new category, such as the official name or what films would need to be eligible. However, movies that are nominated in the popular film category would still be eligible for the overall best picture award.

The Oscars 2019 will be held on February 24, 2019.


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