Next year’s Oscars will include a category for best ‘popular’ movie, in its latest attempt to revive ratings

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced changes to the 2019 Oscar telecast.
It will be a three-hour telecast.
A new “popular film” category is being put in place.

On Wednesday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced some major changes to the 2019 Oscars telecast, and one in particular has made people furious on social media.

The Academy revealed that along with promising a three-hour show (it usually always goes closer to four), the 91st Academy Awards will will also have a new category “designed around achievement on popular film.”

Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here’s what you need to know:

– A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
– We’ve set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
– We’re planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018

The idea of there being “best picture” and “popular film” categories has led to an uproar on social media as many are confused how you can differentiate the two. Are those films in the best picture category now deemed unpopular? And are the popular films going to be considered not good enough to make it in the best picture category? And will titles be eligible for both categories? (The Academy says eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming.)

This is the latest attempt by the Oscars to gain more viewership.

Though the Oscars is the biggest night in Hollywood, for most of the world it’s become tired and not relevant to today’s moviegoing habits. This year’s best picture Oscar went to Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water,” by director Guillermo del Toro (who also won the best director Oscar). The movie only made $195 million worldwide at …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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