New 'Popular' Oscar Announced to Immediate Boos

New 'Popular' Oscar Announced to Immediate Boos

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a number of surprise announcements today regarding next year's Oscar ceremony, most of all that they will be adding a gold statue for "outstanding achievement in popular film".

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.

Second, in the name of delivering "a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast", select categories among the 24 typically presented on-air will instead be handed out during commercial breaks. In addition, some winners will now be announced during commercial breaks, then edited for airing later in the broadcast (Something the Grammys has been doing).

The film academy is also shifting the date for the 92nd Academy Awards to earlier in the year.

Major changes are coming to the Oscars next year.

The Academy announced some big changes for future Oscars ceremonies. It also clocked it at almost 4 hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date.

All three of these changes, Nielsen-focused as they are, may seem puzzling. until you remember that the Academy's day-to-day activities depend, at least in part, on the sale of TV rights to the Oscars broadcast.

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We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019.

Popular film? What is this?

So let's start with the new category. As THR points out, the most successful movies at the box office each year are rarely represented in the main categories and usually have to make do with technical awards. And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash. Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film?

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