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New Oscars category: Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film

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Yes, that is how it's described.

 

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They're also trimming certain awards (you can probably guess which ones) out of the live telecast:

 

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/academy-plans-three-hour-oscars-telecast-adds-popular-film-category-1133138

 

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Dear Member,

 

Last night, the Board of Governors met to elect new board officers, and discuss and approve significant changes to the Oscars telecast.

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show.

Tonight, the Board approved three key changes:

 

1. A three-hour Oscars telecast

We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide.

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.

 

2. New award category

We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming.

 

3. Earlier airdate for 92nd Oscars

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. The date 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. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.

 

John Bailey and Dawn Hudson

 

 

 

 

 

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Why are the Oscars viewed in such high regard anyway?

 

Is the academy still mainly just a bunch of old wealthy white blokes that barely even watch films? 

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2 hours ago, Azrael said:

Why are the Oscars viewed in such high regard anyway?

 

Is the academy still mainly just a bunch of old wealthy white blokes that barely even watch films? 

Lobbying wins Oscars. Simple as.

 

Wretched business, fun when I was a kid but can’t stand it now 

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41 minutes ago, linkster said:

Lobbying wins Oscars. Simple as.

 

Wretched business, fun when I was a kid but can’t stand it now 

Yup, it's an absolute shit show. Most of the accadamy members dodn't even watch all the films innthe shortlist. Always annoys me that 99.9% of the time they forget about films not released in Oscar season too, like for some reason they aren't deemed worthy.

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This is a pretty clumsy way of ensuring that Black Panther gets nominated for something other than a couple of the tech awards (as it's really only B-tier Marvel when you look past the social impact it's had and the money it's made). I guess the Academy reckoned that they could head the inevitable screaming pile of righteous online fury off at the pass by inventing this new category.

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15 hours ago, Stigweard said:

Yup, it's an absolute shit show. Most of the accadamy members dodn't even watch all the films innthe shortlist. Always annoys me that 99.9% of the time they forget about films not released in Oscar season too, like for some reason they aren't deemed worthy.

 

Isn't that just a function of recency bias? happens to some games too which get released earlier in the year. That's why Oscar season exists for all the films which aren't commercial enough to dump in any other time slot but might be worthy enough for an award.

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Thinking about it, this is in someway as bad as the foreign language or animation Oscar, you've just been stuck in your own officially recognised ghetto, though either of those two does at least have some timeless classics worthy of praise decades later, we'll have to see how the new MTV movie award category pans out in the long run.

 

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I just find it amusing that it's an industry awards show made and voted for by the industry that somehow pretends it's important.

 

They should start airing other industry awards like best carpet sales.

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I don't really know what that means. Is it just an award for biggest box office? 

 

As an aside, it is disappointing that future archaeologists or trans humans like the ones at the end of AI will unearth so many Funko Pops and assume that they were this society's most venerated religious icons, loved by all.

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5 minutes ago, Harsin said:

It's the Disney really, really wants Black Panther to win an Oscar award.

The only way to get it one is to create a category for it, because it was no where near good enough to win one on its own merit. Utterly mediocore film

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8 minutes ago, PeteBrant said:

The only way to get it one is to create a category for it, because it was no where near good enough to win one on its own merit. Utterly mediocore film

I knew there had to be a core somewhere between hardcore and softcore.

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New award postponed.

 

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While remaining committed to celebrating a wide spectrum of movies, the Academy announced today that it will not present the new Oscars® category at the upcoming 91st awards. The Academy recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released. The Board of Governors continues to be actively engaged in discussions, and will examine and seek additional input regarding this category.

 

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