Oscars add popular film category, sets earlier air date

Oscar statues

It later issued an addendum to its letter, saying: "in creating this award, the Board of Governors supports broad-based consideration of excellence in all films".

I am always one for change rather than stagnation.

Oscar statues are seen backstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

The U.S. television audience for the nearly four-hour Oscar ceremony in March 2018 was just 26.5 million viewers, the smallest in the history of the 90 year-old Academy Awards.

Change is coming to the #Oscars.

The Academy Awards is getting a new category. And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?" Some Oscar viewers are pushing for other new categories - like best stunt work (Helen Mirren has advocated for this) and best casting.

Last year, the Academy Award for Best Picture was won by the The Shape of Water, which had taken about $170 million worldwide around the time of its win - twice the previous year's victor, Moonlight. Since their Best Picture no longer represents what the ticket buyers like they HAVE to do this.

Kohn said the academy seems to be inaccurately attributing their ratings drop-off to movies like "Moonlight" appearing in the best-picture category as opposed to the kind that make more money at the box office. "We have the MTV Movie Awards for that kind of junk", he said.

Harris wrote on Twitter that while the academy might dismiss public reaction to the changes, the organization has broadened and diversified its membership in recent years and might find less support than they expect internally.

But times have changed. 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 biggest news here is obviously the addition of the new category.

"Biases the Academy has had for years are falling apart", she continued.

And it turned out that many people hadn't even heard of the movies in question, let alone seen them.

Going forward, some awards will be presented during commercial breaks, with edited acceptance speeches broadcast later in the program. But recent years have seen some of the year's top-grossing films either earn awards exclusively in technical categories or get shut out of the Oscars completely.

The Academy is basically making a kid's table award.

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