In 1929 at the first Oscars ceremony, the Academy awarded films in two separate categories - Outstanding Picture and Unique And Artistic Picture - both considered the top awards of the night. In a statement from Academy president John Bailey and C.E.O.
The Academy announced it's adding a new category, shortening the broadcast and moving up the date of the 2019 show.
In a letter to its members sent this morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) listed three changes approved by its Board of Governors. 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.More news: Female heart attack patients likely to survive if treated by women doctors
The Academy also said it would present a "select" number of categories during the ad breaks of the broadcast, with those moments edited and shown later. It's easy to imagine that if academy members think a film will be taken care of in the Best Popular Film category, they won't need to vote for its writing, directing or acting, or consider it for Best Picture.
The Academy had said the date of the 2020 ceremony would be February 23. The eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period, meanwhile, will remain the same. Next year's Oscars, however, will still air on Sunday, February 24.
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. As THR notes, this is probably an attempt to make the Oscars seem more relevant, instead of taking place right at the end of the months-long awards circuit. But as far as we know there are no other changes or additions in the offing. In essence, it shouldn't take me less time to watch Doctor Zhivago than it does to witness this parade of self-congratulatory nonsense where everybody's just tennis clapping while an eight ball burns a hole in their pocket, yearning for the after party and what drunken shenanigans it holds. The telecast is an important showcase for the film industry, and nominated movies typically attract a new wave of ticket buyers. Obviously, this is the largest adjustment announced, and also the funniest.More news: More than 500 hikers evacuated from Indonesian volcano
I know many will complain about the award wins not shown live. While it should help to close the gap between the habits and tastes of cinemagoers and the films celebrated by the Academy, the division between "Popular Film" and "Best Picture" could prove a sticking point. Years ago, popular blockbusters like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.
An outstanding popular film category may also go some way to allay criticism that numerous films acknowledged by the Oscars are "increasingly irrelevant" and do not reflect what the viewing public want to watch.
And it turned out that many people hadn't even heard of the movies in question, let alone seen them. Which is a huge bummer for those of us who used to tune in exclusively to see who'd win the award for Best Costume Design.More news: NCAA basketball changes: Undrafted players can return to school
While we're at it, let's get more categories added and go full blown MTV Movie Awards up in this motherfucker.