Why the Oscars is getting first new category in 17 years

Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscars "will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film" and the "eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming".

At a board of governors meeting on Tuesday night (07Aug18), when John Bailey was elected to a second term as president, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members approved several changes to the prizegiving, including one that celebrates the year's biggest films.

The change seems to have come after the 90th annual Oscar awards show hit a record-low in TV ratings.

Industry observers have complained that sometimes, the Oscars come almost two months after the Golden Globes, making Tinseltown's awards season a marathon of gowns, glitz - and stress.

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The Academy could have waited to see the impact on the best picture race from its push to diversify its membership, Willmore said. Awards will go during the commercial breaks, and the most interesting moments then give the broadcast in the record. The award has also honored lesser-known films like Spotlight and The Shape of Water. It would likely mean that big-budget crowd-pleasers, even ones as successful and critically acclaimed as "Black Panther", would never be considered for Best Picture.

New reports suggest that ABC pressured the Academy Awards into making changes to their telecast, including adding a new award for Best Popular Film. For example, last year's Wonder Woman was a groundbreaking reinvigoration of the dormant female superhero landscape, and it won the hearts of both critics and regular moviegoers, but it was shut out from the ceremony despite a huge campaign to get it nominated. It has faced loads of backlash from the Academy's lack of diversity when it comes to the films nominated which at best has slightly (but not significantly) improved.

"There's a lot of reasons to believe that would have shaken up the hidebound ideas of what an Oscar movie is", she said.

In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition. It implies that popular films, no matter how masterful they can be, are not worth honoring, which is just disgusting, if I'm to speak plainly.

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