Huge Changes Coming To The Oscars

John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes.

The Oscars are introducing a new awards category for outstanding achievement in popular film.

The change is one of three new tweaks that the Academy have made to their annual award show - including moving the date forward a few weeks (which will no doubt have a knock-on affect on the BAFTA ceremony) and shortening the TV broadcast to three hours to make the event more accessible for viewers around the world.

The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined).

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It also announced that presentation would be aired at a much earlier date than expected, in February 2020.

This is a big move up for the Oscars 2020 airdate, as the 91st Academy Awards are scheduled to air on February 24, 2019, with nominations to be announced on January 22. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast". The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

The Academy has a long reputation of snubbing hit films whose genres aren't usually considered Oscar material.

Best Achievement In Popular Film.

Furthermore, "popular" and "Oscar-worthy" are not mutually exclusive - even based on Academy precedent, with profitable titles like Avatar, Titanic, and the entire original Lord of the Rings trilogy taking home multiple Academy Awards.

When it comes to the Academy Awards, there's always been a divide of sorts when it comes to the movies that end up being nominated and popular, blockbuster films.

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