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The Academy introduces new Oscar category and statue: Outstanding Popular Film

09 August 2018

The Academy has also announced future televised ceremonies will be limited to 3 hours, again with an eye to making the telecast more palpable to larger audiences. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date. Naturally, many are speculating that this will be the Academy's way of recognizing cultural and financial phenomenon Black Panther without actually giving it a nod for the prestigious award.

The lack of nominations for blockbusters led to a change previously as well.

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

The biggest news here is obviously the addition of the new category.

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After the news broke, film aficionados immediately dove in to the discussion to give their guesses as to what this new "popular film" category will be. Until the expansion of the Best Picture nomination numbers, animation nearly never received Best Picture nods. The Guardian suggests that the new category could be good news for Marvel movies, like Black Panther , which often get overlooked when it comes to Hollywood's biggest awards night.

The Oscars do not, for example, recognise the work of stuntmen and stuntwomen, or choreographers, voice artists and a multitude of other professional and artistic disciplines in the film industry.

Other changes set to take place, according to the Academy: a stricter adherence to a three-hour telecast and an earlier airdate for the 92nd annual Oscars. Some will be presented during commercial breaks at the Dolby Theatre, with the key moments being edited into the broadcast later.

In a final announced move, the Academy voted to move the 2020 Oscars from February 23rd to February 9th.

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As of now, it's unclear if these changes will be in effect during this winter's upcoming Oscars, or the 2020 telecast.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences group's president John Bailey and its CEO Dawn Hudson confirmed the news today although they didn't confirm what films would be eligible, but essentially, it's an award for blockbusters. Starting next year, the ceremony will now be shown in what the Academy describes as "a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast".

We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process. 91st Oscars telecast is now scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The Academy Board of Governors has yet to reveal more information about what kind of achievement will be recognized and what qualifies as a popular film, and the Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The Academy introduces new Oscar category and statue: Outstanding Popular Film