Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Oscars: Academy to add achievement in popular film category

Oscars: Academy to add achievement in popular film category

This is especially interesting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never won an Oscar - embarrassingly, despite Suicide Squad grabbing a Best Makeup and Hairstyling gong previous year - but that could very well change with this new award category. It's not clear when the new award category will be rolled out.

Many commentators appeared unimpressed with the planned changes, suggesting that while it attempted to recognise films generally regarded as less serious the new category still relegated certain productions to a second-tier status. It also means that the film with the most first place votes doesn't always win Best Picture. The 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23.

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"So...does that mean that films like "Black Panther" and "Mission Impossible" can't compete for Best Picture?" In addition, they are planning a more "globally accessible" three-hour telecast. Details on eligibility have yet to be announced. Keep diversifying the Academy to dilute the number of members operating under archaic notions of what an Oscar movie might look like.

On top of that, in a bid to keep things interesting and moving, the 3-hour telecast will now only present select categories live, while other winners will be handed out during commercial breaks. "The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast". The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

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This complaint has already spawned some changes to the Academy's annual ceremony, most notably a decision in 2009 to expand Best Picture nominees from five to 10 in part because one of 2008's most acclaimed films, The Dark Knight, was left out of the Best Picture category that year. What we do know, though, is that the Academy has just taken a major step in the direction of focusing more on blockbusters, which are often viewed as a kind of art form unto themselves. The 2019 Oscars will proceed as planned on February 24. "Popular films are films!"

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