The Academy tweeted on Wednesday morning that they are adding a new category for the Oscars, designed “around achievement in popular film.” They have also set an earlier air date for their 2020 awards ceremony, telling fans to mark their calendars for February 9. And finally, they are planning a more “globally accessible, three-hour telecast” for the Academy Awards.
The biggest news here is obviously the addition of the new category. For the last several decades, the Oscars have grown snobbier, with rare exceptions. Years ago, popular blockbusters like
So expect the Best Picture category to stay “Best Drama That Makes You Cry,” and this new category to be the one where you pull for the big franchise movie you love, or maybe that exceptional comedy. With Oscar ratings dipping over the past few years, this move is no doubt the Academy’s way of getting more eyeballs on the ceremony itself. Also, keeping the ceremony at three hours and trimming some fat from around the event
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