Academy to Add Oscar Category Specifically For Popular Films

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The Academy also announced a commitment to a firm three-hour telecast, as well as a move in ceremony date for the 92nd Oscars in 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.

To keep the ceremony to three hours, the academy vows to present only select categories live. Now the Oscars will take a page from the Tony Awards playbook by announcing some of the categories during commercial breaks.

The most important change to come is that the Academy will introduce a new award category meant to honor "outstanding achievement in popular film". 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 annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002.

- Damian Pietrzak (@Damiansport1)We need to see all categories and awards, please do not give anything in commercial breaks.

Earlier airdate of February 9th, 2020. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date.

The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Would they have been too popular for the official Best Picture category?

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

But there are still plenty of popular films that earn Oscar recognition in top categories, like "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015), "The Martian" (2015) and "Get Out" (2017). "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar". Period. There's no need to put a "popular film" label on it.

Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame. As THR points out, the most successful movies at the box office each year are rarely represented in the main categories and usually have to make do with technical awards.