AMPAS Announces Oscar Changes, Including New ‘Popular Film’ Category

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) wowed us today when they announced there have been some new rule changes to the Academy. Chief among them was an announcement of a new category for “achievement in popular film,” a shortened telecast, and presenting some awards in edited form.

The official statement from John Bailey and Dawn Hudson is below.

“Dear Member,

Last night, the Board of Governors met to elect new board officers, and discuss and approve significant changes to the Oscars telecast.

The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, and various working groups spent the last several months discussing improvements to the show.

Tonight, the Board approved three key changes:

1. A three-hour Oscars telecast

We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide.

To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.

2. New award category

We will create a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming.

3. Earlier airdate for 92nd Oscars

The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.

The 91st Oscars telecast remains as announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.”

Clayton Davis will comment on the rule changes shortly.

What do you think of the AMPAS announcement? Will this help or hurt the program going forward? Let us know in the comments below! 

The 91st Academy Awards will air on February 24th, 2019.