Oscars to be shorter and include Popular Film category

The Oscars’ new ‘popular film’ award proves it’s out-of-touch and elitist

The 2018 Oscars had the fewest viewers of any Academy Awards ceremony in history.

It is good news for sequels and superheroes, as the Academy announced a brand new category for the Oscars.

In the world of cinema, there is no honor bigger than getting an Oscar.

However, ScreenCrush describes the new category as a "desperate ratings grab" that could hurt films such as Black Panther in the long run. Recently, the organizers of the award announced a new category in which the films will contest in the film Best Popular Film Category.

The award will take effect from 2020 so there will probably be no awards yet although it seems fans are already listing films that are worthy of receiving the award in this category. It's too early to see exactly how this will affect the nomination process, seeing as how the criteria for netting such a nomination is still being work-shopped, but the reaction has been unsurprisingly negative.

What else do you think would make the Academy Awards more watchable? "Is that a second-class kind of win?" This year's telecast, hosted by Jimmy Kemmel, which was nearly four-hour long, dropped to an all-time low of 19 percent from the previous year to just 26.5 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The executives "walked through the lousy ratings... identifying...moments during the show that prompted viewers to stop watching".

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The move was widely mocked on social media.

"The film business passed away today with the announcement of the "popular" film Oscar", he wrote on Twitter. Comedian Dennis Miller made a sarcastic suggestion for another awards category: "Best driver's-ed film".

The Oscars ceremony will be trimmed by handing out some awards during commercial breaks instead of honoring all winners, including those in categories like sound editing and costumes, along with actors, writers and director. "Otherwise known as the white people's choice awards".

"How can the Academy define what's "popular"?" This isn't the first time the Academy has responded to criticism.

At a board of governors meeting on Tuesday night (07Aug18), when John Bailey was elected to a second term as president, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members approved several changes to the prizegiving, including one that celebrates the year's biggest films.

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