The 92nd Oscars, scheduled for February 20, 2020, will include a brand new category: "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film".
The category will nearly certainly see acclaimed box office hits such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Mission Impossible: Fallout nominated, and if AMPAS truly wants to open things up to the public, an online vote for the final victor wouldn't be remotely surprising. As the report points out, ratings for the Oscars have been closely tied to the popularity of the films nominated, and this year is full of heavy hitters that more often than not get overlooked by the Oscars.
The immediate concern over this new category is whether it will ensure that popular filmswhich might at least had a chance to receive a Best Picture nomination will be shut out.
The changes are unlikely to sit well with sections of the film industry who will be concerned that the awards will inevitably be split between the main awards and a second tier of categories which, ultimately, will be seen to matter less. The Academy wants to turn that around understandably. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.
You can find the full letter below. Bailey and Hudson added that shortened telecasts aim to deliver "a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide".
In a letter to members of the Academy, the organization's board of. In addition to announcing the new category, the Oscars said the telecast will be "more globally accessible" and that the 2020 ceremony will take place earlier in the year on February 9.
In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks.
Edited excerpts of those presentations will then be shown during the broadcast. The Hollywood Reporterreported that "a single film is eligible for an Oscar in both categories- Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film and the Academy Award for Best Picture".
The Oscars has also announced that its planning an earlier date for 2020 - advising film fans to mark their calendars for February 9. The eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period, meanwhile, will remain the same.