Oscars Add "Popular Film" Category; Won’t Televise All Awards

Oscars 2020 Airdate Announced and Changes Teased by AMPAS

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The changes were revealed in a email from John Bailey, the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent to members on Wednesday.

The next year, the Academy expanded its Best Picture category to 10 nominees to try and recognize more "populist" films like The Dark Knight.

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In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks.

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. So the upcoming Oscars will still be held on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 as planned - but the year after that, the broadcast will fall earlier in traditional awards season. They're scooching up the broadcast a couple weeks earlier in February - but not until the 2020 telecast.

Eligibility requirements for the new category have not been publicized, either, but several critics have accused the academy of pandering and lessening the stature of the best picture category.

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Does that mean even less Academy recognition for similar films now that they may have a separate category?

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.

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. 91st Oscars telecast is now scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2019. Regardless of whatever "criteria" they end up outlining, the AMPAS might as well just slap a dollar sign on the trophy's forehead and call it "Most Money Earned" (or "Best Cape").

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"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films," Palotta wrote. As THR notes, this is probably an attempt to make the Oscars seem more relevant, instead of taking place right at the end of the months-long awards circuit. Certain categories - which have yet to be announced but will presumably include those honoring technical achievement - will be presented during commercial breaks. "Popular films are films!"

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