The changes were revealed in a email from John Bailey, the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, sent to members on Wednesday.
On top of that, in a bid to keep things interesting and moving, the 3-hour telecast will now only present select categories live, while other winners will be handed out during commercial breaks. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast.
The biggest change is the announcement of a new category, which is being designed around "achievement in popular film".
Last year, "Wonder Woman's" complete shutout aroused an uproar from many who consider the first female-headlined superhero film award-worthy, and as Woerner pointed out, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but not best picture.
The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date. But the academy didn't specify what films would be categorized as "popular" or when this change would take effect. - We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9. "Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", reads the statement.
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What they're proposing now is different - they'll keep handing out awards without a break, even during commercials.
We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will air February 24, 2019.
Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame. Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public. And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?" Many wrote that they hoped the category will be about stunt work.
This experiment failed, and it felt as though the only way to "fix" it was to just go back to five Best Picture nominations. Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film?