The Academy Adds New Category! But Also Must Compromise…

Angelo Anderson
August 9, 2018

After months of discussions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved three new changes to the Oscars, one of which could have huge implications on the Best Picture category.

The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020.

They will also create a new award for "outstanding achievement in popular film" - a response to accusations that for the past decade or more, the Academy has honored arthouse fare only seen by limited audiences.

"Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", Mr Bailey and Ms Hudson said in the letter. Luckily, every now and then, they make moves that show that they're kind of listening (though after having the lowest-rated Academy Awards showing a year ago, they kind of have to, right?). The Academy took to Twitter to share the exciting news on August 8, which has sparked some controversy on social media.

I believe we must improvise, adapt and overcome everything that comes our way and there is no doubt that the world has changed around the Oscars.


Could this be "Black Panther's" big chance? The date change affects the 92nd Oscars, too, given the ceremony has been brought forward to February 9th. Some Oscar viewers are pushing for other new categories - like best stunt work (Helen Mirren has advocated for this) and best casting. More often than not, the biggest films of the year are shut out from the main award categories, with the exception of the technical categories like makeup and special effects.

Another change includes the addition of Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.

Fans of this year's superhero sensation "Black Panther", from Disney's Marvel Studios, have been arguing that it deserves a best picture nomination.

The board has now said that they are "committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours". Don't miss the 91st Oscars on ABC on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

The Academy Awards have suffered from low ratings in recent years. The telecast is an important showcase for the film industry, and nominated movies typically attract a new wave of ticket buyers.

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