In an effort to undoubtedly try to increase ratings, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced some changes for the 2019 Oscars telecast, which will be the 91st installment. One of those changes is sure to cause some controversy, as The Academy will now hand out a popular film award.
Here are the changes that were just announced to the members:
“1. A three-hour Oscars telecast
We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide. To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.
2. New award category
We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming.
3. Earlier airdate for 92nd Oscars
The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.”
What do you think about the Oscars adding a popular film award category? One would think Black Panther would be automatically a frontrunner for this category, though others would argue it should be part of the Best Picture category. Or could it be the frontrunner in both categories? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.