Twitter Reacts to New Oscars Popular Film Category: ‘This Is So Lazy’

Angelo Anderson
August 8, 2018

The changes were revealed in a email from John Bailey, the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent to members on Wednesday. It's not clear when the new award category will be rolled out. 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.

Superhero films such as Black Panther are among those which could now stand a much better chance of being recognised during awards season.

The changes follow an uneasy period for the Oscars, after the four-hour long 91st Academy Awards attracted only 26.5m viewers, a drop of 19% since the previous year and the first time in a decade ratings had dropped below 30m.

Last night, the Board of Governors met to elect new board officers, and discuss and approve significant changes to the Oscars telecast.


As for the other announcements today, the Academy also confirmed that the telecast would be cut down to three hours (phew), though this will result in some categories (presumably the shorts and crafts awards) being doled out during commercials and edited into a montage to be aired later in the show. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming. The 92nd Oscars have also been brought forward from 23 February to 9 February 2020, though the eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period will remain the same.

This is especially interesting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never won an Oscar - embarrassingly, despite Suicide Squad grabbing a Best Makeup and Hairstyling gong past year - but that could very well change with this new award category. For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24.

The airdate has been bumped up just for the 2020 telecast ― from February 23 to February 9 for 2020. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

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