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
Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here's what you need to know:— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018
- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
- We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
- We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. pic.twitter.com/oKTwjV1Qv9
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)."
As for a "popular film" award, it is a ghetto and will be perceived that way. Imagine if they instituted it this year: "— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 8, 2018
;Oh, It's lovely that the rabble went to Black Panther--here's a special fake Oscar it can win!" This is just a head-slapper on all counts.
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.
still no oscar for stunt performances/choreography or voice acting but cool, why not add an award for most popular movie, to the popular movie awards— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) August 8, 2018
Television journalist Margaret Lyons also noted that there is "still no Oscar for casting."
STILL NO OSCAR FOR CASTING https://t.co/K91PgyTnut— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) August 8, 2018
Read a few more of the top Tweets about the changes below:
YOU SAY: The Oscars are adding an award for achievement in popular movies— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) August 8, 2018
I HEAR: Christine Baranski and Jessica Keenan Wynn are winning a joint Oscar for their work as "Tanya" in the popular film MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN pic.twitter.com/BGYrgADtyO
Well, the Oscars had a good run.— Joe Reid (@joereid) August 8, 2018
As a longtime Oscar watcher who's always genuinely (and un-ironically) loved the Academy Awards, this is a sad day for me. All of these changes from @TheAcademy feel horribly misguided.— Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly) August 8, 2018
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors