The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved three new changes to the Oscars.
These changes include shortening the award ceremony to only three hours and moving the 92nd Ocars from February 23, 2020 to February 9.
The biggest change is a new category.
New award category
We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming.
The Academy Awards explains, “While the details for a popular film category are still being finalized, a single film is eligible for an Oscar in both categories — Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film and the Academy Award for Best Picture. The new category will be introduced this coming year, at the 91st Oscars. In creating this award, the Board of Governors supports broad-based consideration of excellence in all films.”
The Academy Awards have had a history of selecting movies that were not blockbusters in the box office. In response, the Best Popular Picture is a way for the Academy to honor action films such as Avengers: Infinity War and Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which would have otherwise been overlooked. That said, “eligibility requirements and other key details” have yet to be released.
This news comes after the Oscars had one of their worst ratings ever. The 2018 Oscars hosted by Jimmy Kimmel had an 18.9 rating, which was down 15.6 percent from 2017.
At three hours and 50 minutes, 2018 Oscars managed to become one of the longest telecasts in over a decade. Not since 2007 has an Academy Awards ceremony been that long. Ultimately, the 2018 Oscars ratings reached an all-time low.
It is important to note, all three major Hollywood events including the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammy’s and the Super Bowl all saw a major drop in viewership.