Oscars Is Changing Things Up With a New Category

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Starting next year, the ceremony will now be shown in what the Academy describes as "a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast".

Almost a decade after expanding its Best Picture category to include up to 10 nominees in an effort to feature a wider variety of films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making another big change that could mean more spotlight time for genre films and blockbusters.

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.

To keep the ceremony to three hours, the academy vows to present only select categories live. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

The Academy's new Oscars popular film category isn't so popular.

The Oscars has also announced that its planning an earlier date for 2020 - advising film fans to mark their calendars for February 9.

The next Oscars air Sunday, February 24, 2019.

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In 1929 at the first Oscars ceremony, the Academy awarded films in two separate categories - Outstanding Picture and Unique And Artistic Picture - both considered the top awards of the night. They're scooching up the broadcast a couple weeks earlier in February - but not until the 2020 telecast.

Superhero films such as Black Panther are among those which could now stand a much better chance of being recognised during awards season. "Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", reads the statement.

Criticised in the past for ignoring blockbusters and genre films, the move will hopefully mean a more balanced view of the American film industry - although the Best Picture nominations are unlikely to change.

Popular film? What is this? Would they have been too popular for the official Best Picture category?

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category??? Certain categories - which have yet to be announced but will presumably include those honoring technical achievement - will be presented during commercial breaks.

Major changes are coming to the Oscars next year.

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