The Oscars Just Added A New Category

The Oscars’ new ‘popular film’ award proves it’s out-of-touch and elitist

Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognizing "achievement in popular film", saying those would come later, but critics tweeted that it seemed to create a second-tier honor and mocked it as "the Black Panther award".

In an attempt to save Oscar ratings, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a series of new changes and additions that haven't sat quite well with the industry.

And the award for the biggest joke of the year goes to...

At the meeting on 7 August, the Council of the Academy chose to change the format of the event to attract a new audience.

- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.

But there are arguably more instances of blockbusters being shut out of the running, like in 2009 when "The Dark Knight" infamously didn't receive a nomination for Best Picture despite massive box-office success, critical acclaim and winning awards in eight other categories.

The next Oscars ceremony will take place in Hollywood on February 24, as previously announced. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. Honoring only some defeats the objective of a once great award show. The Academy announced that they would reveal winners in smaller categories during commercial breaks.

Edited excerpts of those presentations will then be shown during the broadcast. Though the direction certainly helped, it was the editor (s) that made the film flow like water and suddenly their work is not important enough to honor on live TV?

In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition.

This is the first in the last 17 years the change in the nominations.

An anonymous member of the Academy's film editing branch told The Hollywood Reporter that if, as expected, technical awards are dropped, it would be "demeaning" to those who work behind the scenes.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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