Oscars Adding Popular Film Category

Oscars to introduce popular film category and shortened ceremony

The Atlantic's David Sims dubbed the new bracket "The Black Panther Memorial Award for Movie That We're Afraid Won't Get a Best Picture Nomination", while Vulture's Mark Harris deemed it a "special fake Oscar" for the first superhero film with a primarily black cast. That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor.

The devil is in the details.

This is especially interesting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never won an Oscar - embarrassingly, despite Suicide Squad grabbing a Best Makeup and Hairstyling gong a year ago - but that could very well change with this new award category.

The new 2020 air date moves the telecast from a previously announced date later in the month.

The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

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Also, the 92nd Oscar ceremony in 2020 will air on the much earlier date of Sunday, February 9, presumably to battle complaints that the show's usual late-February or early-March date feels a little late.

- For starters, they want to commit to a three-hour telecast, arguing, "To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming".

The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

The Academy has a long reputation of snubbing hit films whose genres aren't usually considered Oscar material.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", a statement sent to Academy members on August 7 reads. 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.

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