Oscars add popular film category, sets earlier air date

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Starting with the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020, a new Oscar will be awarded for achievement in popular film. What do you think of the changes? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. "The Board of Governors took this charge seriously", the message stated. After that, however, expanding the Best Picture field has largely just meant adding more indies that no one's seen to the lineup. Is Best Popular Film a good idea or not? Those were more art house-friendly, but they all made hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide. Sure. Will it mean as much if it's in a special category that some fans view as a consolation prize that lessens the impact of the blockbusters while also potentially dulling the shine on the Best Picture category?

In previous years, films which have done well at the box office - including Mamma Mia, Avatar and the Mission Impossible franchise - have been snubbed by the Oscars. The expansion of best picture nominees from five to (as many as) ten, which was introduced at the 82nd Academy Awards held in March 2010, was widely regarded as the Academy's attempt to correct for the fact that The Dark Knight and other popular, genre fare tended to get shut out of that category.

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While the Academy did not directly address the falling viewers for the telecast, it did admit that changes were necessary.

What's more, the ceremony's 2020 show will air even earlier in the year on February 9. Winners in less prominent categories will likely receive their awards during commercial breaks, with highlights from those presentations edited and aired later in the broadcast, according to the report. Leadened with below-the-line category award presentations for accomplished pros that Oscar's global audience was completely unaware of, who then thanked love ones that the world at large was even less aware of, Oscar struggles in the ratings ever year, despite the cleverness of hosts like Jimmy Kimmel or Hugh Jackman. While this may seem like another "who gives a shit" update on the surface, a closer look at the calendar will show you that this places the Oscars on the weekend immediately following the Super Bowl. Will they make the academy great again, or are they making a mistake?

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