Popular Film Oscar Category Will Not be Presented at 91st Awards

"There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award"

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that it will not present the previously-announced new Popular Film Oscar at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. Announced a month ago, the Academy says it recognized that implementing the new award nine months into the year created challenges for films that have already been released.

The Board of Governors continues to be actively engaged in discussions, and will examine and seek additional input regarding the Popular Film category.

“There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.”

Changes to the 91st Oscars include restructuring and shortening the length of the telecast to three hours. To honor all 24 award categories, six to eight categories will be presented live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks. The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast. Selected categories will be rotated each year. The Academy will collaborate with the show producer(s) to select these categories.

The Board of Governors also voted to move up the date of the 92nd Oscars telecast to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously-announced February 23.

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