Oscars announce new popular film category

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The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date. That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor.

The lack of nominations for blockbusters led to a change previously as well.

Actors Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Gary Oldman, pose in the press room with their Oscars for best supporting actor, best actress, best supporting actress, and best actor, during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood.

"The accidental implication is here's the award for popular film, and here's the unpopular films", said Alison Willmore, critic and culture writer for Buzzfeed News. It is not clear at this time if the Popular Film category will be added in time for 2019, but if so, we're expecting Star Wars, Marvel, and DC films will be in contention.

In other words, the films moviegoers are actually paying to see. The Oscars are meant to award artistic excellence in film, even if they seem too-often content to award excellence in Oscar campaigning - so why a separate category that can't help but be seen as an also-ran, a consolation prize?

Rich was more upset by the decision to shorten the telecast by distributing some awards during the commercial breaks, echoing Atlantic staff writer David Sims, who tweeted that "refusing to broadcast technical awards is much, much worse and more depressing".

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The Academy's board also voted to move the 2020 Oscars, the 92nd edition, from February 23 to February 9.

Big changes are coming to the Oscars.

In a letter to members of the Academy, the organization's board of.

For 2019, organizers are hoping to produce a "more accessible" three-hour show - by presenting some of the awards during commercial breaks, Academy president John Bailey and chief executive officer Dawn Hudson told members, news agency AFP reported.

Edited excerpts of those presentations will then be shown during the broadcast.

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