Oscars to Trim Some Awards From Telecast, Add a ‘Popular Film’ Category
09 August, 2018, 22:29 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide.
Further details and eligibility requirements are yet to be announced, but the category is expected to cater to more blockbuster and genre films, often seen as maligned by awards ceremonies.
The Academy Awards are making significant changes including the addition of a brand new popular film category, a decision criticized by some in the industry as a watering down of the quality of the ceremony.
On top of that, in a bid to keep things interesting and moving, the 3-hour telecast will now only present select categories live, while other winners will be handed out during commercial breaks. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.
An outstanding popular film category may also go some way to allay criticism that numerous films acknowledged by the Oscars are "increasingly irrelevant" and do not reflect what the viewing public want to watch. Others wonder if this is merely a way to throw the MCU and the Star Wars universe awards without actually considering them for "main" categories, like Best Actor or Best Picture.
-And starting in 2020, the telecast will move up to an earlier date, most likely to the chagrin of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, shifting from February 23rd to Sunday, February 9, 2020. And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?"
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Capping the telecast was meant to help in "delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide". In order to shorten the telecast, certain awards will given out during commercial breaks with an edited version of the presentation to air later in the broadcast. The Oscars clarified that the new category will be included in the 2019 ceremony.
The changes are the biggest since the Academy in 2016 pledged to double its female and minority membership by 2020 in response to the #OscarsSoWhite criticism of its nominees.
Among the changes is to present fewer categories live.
The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years.
The Oscars are getting shorter and attempting to appeal to the broader movie-going public by adding a new category, as organisers face sliding ratings.
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