Oscars to shorten run-time, add popular film category

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In addition, the next Oscars will include a new category for "outstanding achievement in popular film", with specific details to follow. The annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002.

The Atlantic's David Sims dubbed the new bracket "The Black Panther Memorial Award for Movie That We're Afraid Won't Get a Best Picture Nomination", while Vulture's Mark Harris deemed it a "special fake Oscar" for the first superhero film with a primarily black cast.

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The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show. Details on eligibility have yet to be announced. For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24.

As for the other announcements today, the Academy also confirmed that the telecast would be cut down to three hours (phew), though this will result in some categories (presumably the shorts and crafts awards) being doled out during commercials and edited into a montage to be aired later in the show.

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-And starting in 2020, the telecast will move up to an earlier date, most likely to the chagrin of The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, shifting from February 23rd to Sunday, February 9, 2020. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast". The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world.

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The requirements aren't known just yet, though we assume it will be to integrate films that are more popular with the buying public rather than exclusively the critics. Many wrote that they hoped the category will be about stunt work. That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor. Sure. Will it mean as much if it's in a special category that some fans view as a consolation prize that lessens the impact of the blockbusters while also potentially dulling the shine on the Best Picture category?

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