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Oscars to Add New Category

Aug 8, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made news this morning with the announcement that it will add a new category “designed around achievement in popular film.”

The academy also announced it has set an earlier airdate for the 2020 ceremony, moving it to Feb. 9. The 2019 ceremony remains set for Feb. 24.

The organization said it is planning “a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.” That announcement comes after this year’s ceremony ran almost four hours, the longest Oscars ceremony in more than 10 years.

Ratings for the event were also down this year, dropping 19% from the 2017 turnout to 26.5 million viewers.

Here’s a tweet sent out this morning by the academy …

One Comment

  1. Oops! We didn’t nominate Wonder Woman in the year of #metoo. And now there is a movie about a Black Superhero. These “comic book” films aren’t “artfully correct”; we need a new category to cover our butts. Quality doesn’t matter to the Academy, for the last 20 years the nominations for Best Picture have been an attempt to promote films that no one has ever seen, hoping to get the public to see these “art house” films.

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