Oscars To Launch A New 'Popular Film' Category

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Future broadcasts will be three hours long and will include a new category that is designed around achievement in 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.

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.

The most intriguing part of this - not marking my calendar for 2020 yet, sorry - is the one about "popular film".

-And starting in 2020, the telecast will move up to an earlier date, most likely to the chagrin of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, shifting from February 23rd to Sunday, February 9, 2020.

However, the three-hour telecast means select categories will not air live.

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The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years.

Academy board members may serve up to three consecutive three-year terms, while officers serve one-year terms, with a maximum of four consecutive years in any one office.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019.

To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). There are no other details available about the award yet, including eligibility information, but the change is part of a continued effort by the Academy to keep the Oscars "relevant in a changing world". The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category??? However, if such massive changes are in order, it's possible that the Academy is in a hurry to see if these modifications will have the intended effect of renewing interest in the prestigious awards show. And that's saying a lot since you awarded Best Picture to Crash.

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