Twitter Reacts to New Oscars Popular Film Category: ‘This Is So Lazy’

Twitter Reacts to New Oscars Popular Film Category: ‘This Is So Lazy’

The announcement came hours after John Bailey was elected to a second term as Academy president Tuesday night.

The Academy Awards, often acknowledged as one of the more prestigious award ceremonies along with the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, have announced some sweeping changes. This will be accomplished by "present [ing] select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)". In addition, some winners will now be announced during commercial breaks, then edited for airing later in the broadcast (Something the Grammys has been doing). The last Oscars brought in 26.5 million viewers, which is down from the 32.9 million viewers the Oscars brought in the year before, making it the least viewed Oscars ever.

As of now, it's unclear if these changes will be in effect during this winter's upcoming Oscars, or the 2020 telecast.

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.

After the news broke, film aficionados immediately dove in to the discussion to give their guesses as to what this new "popular film" category will be.

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The most welcome piece of news, though, is that the Academy says it will take steps to battle the show's tendency to run long - way too long, in many cases - and create a "more globally accessible, three-hour telecast".

A spokeswoman for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts said: "AMPAS made us aware of the decision to move their ceremony earlier in 2020". The eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period, meanwhile, will remain the same.

Filmmaker Mike Flanagan said the Oscars were essentially creating an attendance award. Luckily, every now and then, they make moves that show that they're kind of listening (though after having the lowest-rated Academy Awards showing a year ago, they kind of have to, right?).

Read the full letter from The Academy below.

The Hollywood Reporter printed a message from the Academy to its members, outlining the new changes approved by the Board of Governors. 91st Oscars telecast is now scheduled for Sunday, February 24, 2019.

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