Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

The award "Oscar" will be presented in new ways

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It is good news for sequels and superheroes, as the Academy announced a brand new category for the Oscars. The academy said Wednesday it will hold the show earlier in the year to shorten the awards season and shorten the telecast of the ceremony to three hours.

The most controversial change is the introduction of a new award category titled "outstanding achievement in popular film". It was announced that the Oscars will not air some of the Oscar wins and speeches, with plans of having them set to happen during commercial breaks, forcing the smaller Oscars to miss their chance of being seen on TV.

Some argue that creating a popular-film category will relegate all blockbusters and genre-y movies-think "Black Panther" and "Mission: Impossible"-to this new, seemingly second-rate group".

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governors approved a series of changes to the Academy Awards ceremony on Tuesday (07Aug18) - including the introduction of a new prize honouring the year's biggest films. The Academy already has the Best Picture category.

The Academy is still working out details like what qualifies as "popular". They believe people will just adjust to the changes over time.

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"There's a lot of reasons to believe that would have shaken up the hidebound ideas of what an Oscar movie is", she said.

There are exceptions, of course, like when "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won Best Picture in 2003, or win "Annie Hall" did the same in 1977. Not to be confused with the "Best Picture" award, the additional category is causing quite the uproar on social media.

In any case, the popular-film category could turn out to be a smart way for the Academy to get fans of blockbusters to watch its struggling annual spectacle.

Ratings for the 90th Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 percent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008.

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