New Oscars "Popular Film" category to be introduced at the 2019 show

Sergio Cunningham
August 9, 2018

The Academy's board of governors has also set an earlier date for the 2020 Oscars ceremony and will shorten the telecast to three hours in an attempt to make the ceremony "more accessible for our viewers worldwide".

Exact details and requirements for the "Most Popular" category are presently not known.

If you're a fan of the types of movies that break box office records, you might have more reason to tune into the Oscars soon. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

Oscar or Logie? The world's most prestigious film award is creating a category for most popular film.

At this point, it's unclear whether or not the popular film category will be implemented as early as next year, I feel like the sooner, the better, as they can use a boost in overall viewership.

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IndieWire chief film critic Eric Kohn told The Washington Post that the "crass" category frustrates him. Warren Beatty's old! Well, the Academy plans to remedy that, and to paraphrase Bobby D's Oscar-winning song, things will change.

Finally, awards season will shrink by a few weeks: the 2020 Oscars will be handed out on February 9.

The Academy announced it's adding a new category, shortening the broadcast and moving up the date of the 2019 show. This year's Best Picture victor, The Shape of Water, made a solid $63 million at the United States box office, but this was in huge contrast to the enormous success of movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, none of which were featured in the main categories.

Last night, the Board of Governors met to elect new board officers, and discuss and approve significant changes to the Oscars telecast. 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.

Last year, "Wonder Woman's" complete shutout aroused an uproar from many who consider the first female-headlined superhero film award-worthy, and as Woerner pointed out, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but not best picture. The MTV Movie Awards? Those (in the case of films like Black Panther, say) those nerdy, nerdy eyeballs, and the rooting interests they represent.

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