-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".
While details of the popular film category are yet to be announced, it could be a way of superhero films finally breaking through to the Oscars with the acclaimed box office hit Black Panther possibly making an appearance.
The Oscars are adding a new category to honour popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020. The 92nd Oscars have also been brought forward from 23 February to 9 February 2020, though the eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period will remain the same. In addition, they are planning a more "globally accessible" three-hour telecast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy's board of governors came together on Tuesday to figure out how they can add some pep to their golden-glazed step for a culture that changes rapidly by the hour.
The 91st Oscars telecast will air on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
On top of that, in a bid to keep things interesting and moving, the 3-hour telecast will now only present select categories live, while other winners will be handed out during commercial breaks. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.
The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously. However, if such massive changes are in order, it's possible that the Academy is in a hurry to see if these modifications will have the intended effect of renewing interest in the prestigious awards show.
Popular film? What is this? "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".