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

Oscars 2020 Airdate Announced and Changes Teased by AMPAS

On the one hand, it will give the Oscars a chance to honor movies such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War or Mission: Impossible - Fallout that would assuredly have a much more hard, if not impossible time being nominated for Best Picture.

The Academy is definitely looking to make some changes, and appeal to a wider audience. The way they propose to do that is to present select categories live during the commercial breaks and edit them in and air them later on during the broadcast. Further details and eligibility requirements are yet to be announced, but the category is expected to cater to more blockbuster and genre films, often seen as maligned by awards ceremonies.

What's more, the ceremony's 2020 show will air even earlier in the year on February 9. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process". This is a big move up for the Oscars 2020 airdate, as the 91st Academy Awards are scheduled to air on February 24, 2019, with nominations to be announced on January 22. "The Board of Governors took this charge seriously", the message stated.

A three-hour Oscar telecast.

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I know many will complain about the award wins not shown live. Period. There's no need to put a "popular film" label on it. Obviously, this is the largest adjustment announced, and also the funniest. That's not what the Academy is doing, and instead they're just adding a separate category for "populist" movies.

The biggest change is the announcement of a new category, which is being designed around "achievement in popular film". For instance, this might have done more to hurt "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015) and "Get Out" (2017) than help them. Future winners include whichever Star War was released in a calendar year. This now marks February as the most exhausting month for those of us who enjoy sports, movies, and sex.

And it turned out that many people hadn't even heard of the movies in question, let alone seen them. It's a Participation Award for the general populous; a poo-pooing of popcorn/multiplex fare that actually keeps the industry alive. How about best fist fight? Best kiss? Craziest kill?

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