The Oscars are getting a shakeup in 2019, starting with a strict three-hour time limit and a new category to honor popular film.
While details of the popular film category are yet to be announced, it could be a way of superhero films finally breaking through to the Oscars with the acclaimed box office hit Black Panther possibly making an appearance.
Does that mean even less Academy recognition for similar films now that they may have a separate category?
"We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide", the board said.
It also announced that presentation would be aired at a much earlier date than expected, in February 2020.
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It is unclear, however, whether the change will come into effect in time for the next Oscars ceremony in February.
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 date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process. The body stated that the smaller awards will be presented during the telecast's commercial breaks, with the winning moments aired later in the broadcast.
We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The dirty (not so) secret of the Academy Awards is that they've never really been a benchmark of excellence to begin with. What we do know, though, is that the Academy has just taken a major step in the direction of focusing more on blockbusters, which are often viewed as a kind of art form unto themselves. And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash.