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Oscars introduce a new category for popular movies

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Adrian Cunningham | 09 August, 2018, 13:30

Edited excerpts of those presentations will then be shown during the broadcast.

That change is going to disappoint the unlucky (and unfamous) people who've waited their lives to win an Oscar, only to have their thunder somewhat dimmed. Especially in the year of Black Panther. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

"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 said in a letter to members, a copy of which was sent to AFP. With Oscar ratings dipping over the past few years, this move is no doubt the Academy's way of getting more eyeballs on the ceremony itself. Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public.

- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.

Fans of this year's superhero sensation "Black Panther", from Disney's Marvel Studios, have been arguing that it deserves a best picture nomination.

The Board also decided that the awards show will run three hours, while refusing to televise less attractive categories. While the Board of Governors probably hoped the fresh category would excite viewers and perhaps get those ratings up - spoiler alert - Hollywood pretty much hates it.

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In order to fit in all 24 award categories, some will be presented during commercial breaks with the winning moments edited and aired later in the broadcast.

From next year, there will be an award for outstanding achievement in popular film, the first time a new Oscar has been introduced since best animated film in 2001.

It did not say which of the 24 awards handed out on Oscars night would be shifted.

We'll wait on more details about the proposed category, but meanwhile, I'm still holding out for a category that finally recognizes stunt performance in film.

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.

"Five Came Back" author Mark Harris tweeted that the popular film award, "Is a ghetto and will be perceived that way".