Academy Awards, the organisation behind the Oscars, says it will add a new category for blockbuster films.
The Academy will also be reducing the length of the award show to three hours.
“Change is coming to the Oscars”, the Academy tweeted on Wednesday.
The change will create room for mainstream films like ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Black Panther’, and ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ to be recognised.
Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here's what you need to know:
– A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
– We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
– We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. pic.twitter.com/oKTwjV1Qv9
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018
“We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide,” said John Bailey and Dawn Hudson, Academy president and CEO respectively.
“Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming,” the letter said.
The category will make its debut at the next Oscars ceremony, which will take place in February 2019.
The film business passed away today with the announcement of the “popular” film Oscar. It had been in poor health for a number of years. It is survived by sequels, tent-poles, and vertical integration.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 8, 2018
Seriously, this “best pop movie” category is the worst idea the Academy has had since they asked me to sing with Snow White.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) August 9, 2018
Other new categories:
-Best movie where shit blowed up good.
-Hottest female alien
– Best back flip to avoid a thrown knife
-Best knife throw
-Best “you thought he was dead but now he’s back and REALLY kicking ass” https://t.co/LI61qULdC9
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) August 8, 2018
Its funny, the Governors board of the Academy of Motion Pictures is floundering around trying to figure out why their Oscar ratings were so terrible last year and what do do about it this year.
Suggestion- make it an awards show again, not a boring predictable political rally.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) August 9, 2018
Okay, I'm getting pretty damn sick of being asked, so here are my thoughts on this new "Oscars controversy." I was at the first ceremony in 1929 and I want to point out a few things that might help clear up some of this outrage and confusion… (1 of 117)
— Cole Escola (@ColeEscola) August 9, 2018
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