The Academy Adds Best Popular Film Oscar Category

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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced some of the biggest changes to the Oscars in its almost century-long history.

Does that mean even less Academy recognition for similar films now that they may have a separate category?

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 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy's board of governors came together on Tuesday to figure out how they can add some pep to their golden-glazed step for a culture that changes rapidly by the hour.

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Details of the new category like eligibility requirements will be announced at a later date, but at first glance the new award category does seemed created to try to heighten interest in the telecast by potentially including box office hits with some critical acclaim, like the recent Black Panther, Logan and Avengers: Infinity War. The 2019 show will still run on Sunday, Feb. 24. However, these winners will still be televised later in the broadcast, in the form of montage videos that will air later in the evening.

Last year, "Wonder Woman's" complete shutout aroused an uproar from many who consider the first female-headlined superhero film award-worthy, and as Woerner pointed out, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but not best picture.

Popular film? What is this?

However, others tweeted that they aren't too thrilled with the idea of the Academy only showing select categories live, with the other awards to be given out during commercial breaks. And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash.

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