Oscars to Trim Some Awards From Telecast, Add a ‘Popular Film’ Category

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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.

Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognizing popular film, saying those would come later. The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.

I believe we must improvise, adapt and overcome everything that comes our way and there is no doubt that the world has changed around the Oscars. The eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period, meanwhile, will remain the same.

Major changes are coming to next year's Oscars awards show!

CNN's Frank Pallotta pointed out that several past blockbusters have been best picture nominees and winners, accompanying his tweet with a chart of high-grossing films like "Gone With the Wind", "Star Wars", and "Jaws", that garnered Academy recognition.

Such films are certainly popular, as Black Panther recently passed $700M in the United States, the most for any MCU film ever domestically.

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The Academy also announced that, due to falling ratings, future broadcasts will not be any longer than three-hours (last year's show clocked in at nearly four hours).

"So...does that mean that films like "Black Panther" and "Mission Impossible" can't compete for Best Picture?" While the Board of Governors probably hoped the fresh category would excite viewers and perhaps get those ratings up - spoiler alert - Hollywood pretty much hates it. This is something that producers, critics and many viewers have been wanting for years, as the award shows have made going long a yearly tradition (one that is often joked about by the hosts). This will be accomplished by "present [ing] select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

While there is little actual mathematics in play, there is an acknowledged link between the size of the audience drawn to an Academy Awards telecast and the box office volume of the films in contention for the top prize.

The 2019 Oscars will look a little different. Tell us which movie you think should win next year's popular film award.

The film business passed away today with the announcement of the "popular" film Oscar.

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