Arts & Culture

Major Changes Are Coming to the Oscars and People Have Thoughts

The Academy is adding a "popular film" category, for one.

This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they would be making a few changes to their annual awards presentation, AKA the Oscars.

On Twitter, the Academy shared a new award category centered around popular films, and revealed that the show's planned airtime going forward will be a tight three-hours long. The tweet also announced a change in the date of the 2020 Oscars presentation. (It moved to February 9.)

These points were elaborated upon in a letter to Academy members.

That statement clarified that in order to fit all the award categories into the three-hour time frame, some honors would be presented during commercial breaks. "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," reads the letter, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The statement also explained that "eligibility requirements and other key details" regarding the new award category for outstanding achievement in popular film "will be forthcoming."'

The idea of a new award category honoring popular film prompted quite a bit of conversation on Twitter following the announcement, and most of it was critical.

"There is already an award for popular films. It's called 'money,'" wrote journalist Mark Harris. "have no particular problem with the other new Oscar moves--to insist on a three-hour show (whatever) and to move it a couple of weeks earlier (won't help a thing but won't hurt anything)."

Screenwriter Demi Adejuyigbe, on the other hand, took issue with the addition of this new honor, in place of an award for stunt performance or choreography or voice acting, categories which the Academy does not currently recognize.

Television journalist Margaret Lyons also noted that there is "still no Oscar for casting."


Read a few more of the top Tweets about the changes below:

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