Oscars introduce new award for outstanding popular film

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An outstanding popular film category may also go some way to allay criticism that numerous films acknowledged by the Oscars are "increasingly irrelevant" and do not reflect what the viewing public want to watch. In addition, they are planning a more "globally accessible" three-hour telecast. This year's Best Picture victor, The Shape of Water, made a solid $63 million at the USA box office, but this was in huge contrast to the vast success of movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, none of which were featured in the main categories. But the struggle to keep global audiences engaged, clearly forced the board of governor's collective hand.

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. There hasn't been as commercial a film up for that award since what, Avatar? This creates ratings woes for the Academy, to be sure, but it's also generated an outcry from genre fans and critics, who argue that legitimately great artistic achievements in blockbuster and genre-heavy films are often overlooked, with a few exceptions like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and this year's big victor, The Shape of Water.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards, honoring the film achievements of 2018, will take place February 24, 2019.

There are some big changes in store at the Oscars.

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

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-Next up, and this may be the most controversial choice, they want to create a new category: "We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film".

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process".

The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", Hudson and Bailey wrote. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

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