Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

The new category will be called the Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film and was announced by Academy President John Bailey and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson in a letter (via THR).

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy's board of governors came together on Tuesday to figure out how they can add some pep to their golden-glazed step for a culture that changes rapidly by the hour.

In what might be the move most celebrated by everyone except the below the line guilds, the board also voted to present select categories live in the Dolby Theatre during commercial breaks of the Oscar ceremony, with an edited version of that presentation to air later in the broadcast. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

This is not the first time the AMPAS has altered their rules in an attempt to get more commercially popular films to the table at the Academy Awards.

The film academy is also shifting the date for the 92nd Academy Awards to earlier in the year. Next year's 91st Awards will take place in its traditional late February slot, but in the following year, it will be held on Sunday, February 9. It also clocked it at almost 4 hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. The Academy has shifted dates over the years, usually from March in the 1940s and 1980s and April in the 1960s and 1970s before settling in February in the mid-2000s.

The Academy last added a new category in 2001 for Best Animated Feature.

What they're proposing now is different - they'll keep handing out awards without a break, even during commercials. Specific details about eligibility have not been revealed, but one has to wonder if films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, or The Martian may no longer be Best Picture candidates.

Change is coming to the #Oscars.

"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films," Palotta wrote.

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category??? And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash.

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