In a letter sent to members, the Academy also announced that the telecast will now be kept to under three hours which means that some of the 24 categories will be announced during commercial breaks and then edited into the ceremony later on.
The statement added that "eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", though it's quite reasonable to expect that the award will require a minimum box office gross to ensure only truly populist movies make the cut. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast".
Also, the 92nd Oscar ceremony in 2020 will air on the much earlier date of Sunday, February 9, presumably to battle complaints that the show's usual late-February or early-March date feels a little late.
The most attention-grabbing announcement is the arrival of a new award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.
The airdate has been bumped up just for the 2020 telecast ― from February 23 to February 9 for 2020. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process".
The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
The Academy has a long reputation of snubbing hit films whose genres aren't usually considered Oscar material. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.
"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films", Palotta wrote.
Many commentators appeared unimpressed with the planned changes, suggesting that while it attempted to recognise films generally regarded as less serious the new category still relegated certain productions to a second-tier status. "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".
Popular film? What is this?
After the news broke, film aficionados immediately dove in to the discussion to give their guesses as to what this new "popular film" category will be.
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