Publicado: Jue, Agosto 09, 2018
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

New 'Popular' Oscar Announced to Immediate Boos

New 'Popular' Oscar Announced to Immediate Boos

It's unclear what exactly the "new category for outstanding achievement in popular film" will seek to honour.

And the inclusion of what amounts to a "most popular" category is also likely to be a source of friction for both film connoisseurs and some sections of the film industry who are not represented at the Oscars. The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", Bailey and Hudson wrote in a note to members.

The new film category quickly drew negative attention, with "popular film" becoming a trending topic on Twitter by Wednesday afternoon.

Plus, there's the whole "popular films should already be nominated" argument. "It is survived by sequels, tent-poles, and vertical integration".

As it stands, however, the Best Popular Film category appears to be highly subjective in definition. Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming. "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of Snow White, which was given an honorary Oscar".

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Among the other changes approved by the board of governors are shifting the telecast date earlier in the year and taking some categories out of the live telecast.

The division is not without precedent either.

Films like "Titanic", "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", and "Forrest Gump" ruled the box office in their respective years and also earned best picture awards.

Last year's telecast hit an all-time low in ratings with just 26.5 million viewers, a drop of 20% from the previous year.

The Academy also announced that, due to falling ratings, future broadcasts will not be any longer than three-hours (last year's show clocked in at nearly four hours). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - aka AMPAS, aka the Academy - announced some changes to the annual Oscars awards ceremony that will be implemented in future telecasts. Certain winners will make their speeches while we're watching commercials, and their speeches will be edited to be sandwiched into the broadcast to fit the three-hour time.

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