Oscars Announce New ‘Best Popular Film’ Category

Oscars Announce New ‘Best Popular Film’ Category

All jokes aside, here's another thing that rubs this writer the wrong way about the new "Popular Film" category: it's inherently condescending toward whatever ends up winning that year.

"We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide", the board said. The annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002.

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show.

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The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.

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.

In a memo to members from Bailey and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson (read it in full below), the changes outlined include creating a new category, for outstanding achievement in popular film.

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Finally, awards season will shrink by a few weeks: the 2020 Oscars will be handed out on February 9. Winners in less prominent categories will likely receive their awards during commercial breaks, with highlights from those presentations edited and aired later in the broadcast, according to the report. What we do know, though, is that the Academy has just taken a major step in the direction of focusing more on blockbusters, which are often viewed as a kind of art form unto themselves. It wasn't specified whether it would be added for the 91st Academy Awards this February.

Now the Popular Film category arrives to give even more weight during each ceremony to the biggest films of the year, at a time when movies like Black Panther in 2018 and Wonder Woman in 2017 are getting increasingly big pushes from their studios in an effort to earn some Academy gold.

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