AMPAS Drops the Popular Film Category (For 91st Oscars) and Gives More Info on Changes

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Today the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, aka AMPAS, released more information on the various topics facing the 91st Academy Awards. Chief among these changes was the original announcement of the additional Popular Film category. There was also the news that several categories would no longer be presented live. Today, AMPAS gave more information on the upcoming changes, as well as new information for the 2020 Oscars.

Most pressing for many is the official word that AMPAS will not roll out the Popular Film category. Rather than cancel the category outright, the Academy believes “it merits more study” before the new Oscar category goes into effect. This seems obvious, especially given the backlash that came from the original announcement.

Second, and now far more important, is the announcement that between 6 and 8 categories will be pushed out of the live show. The Academy will discuss which categories will be presented during the commercial breaks with the showrunners each year. This means that at a minimum, 25% of the categories will receive their Oscars during commercials.

Finally, the Academy announced new dates for the 92nd Oscars. The result is a clear look at how the season will now shake out. Chief among these dates is the window for nominations runs from January 2nd to January 7th. The 2nd stage of the Oscars concludes on February 4th, 2019, this keeps the PGA and DGA awards before the voting on the winners for Oscar. The official dates are below.

92nd Oscars Key Dates 

Nov. 16, 2019 – Governors Awards
Jan. 2, 2020 – Nominations voting opens
Jan. 7, 2020 – Nominations voting closes
Jan. 13, 2020 – Oscar Nominations Announcement
Jan. 27, 2020 – Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Jan. 30, 2020 – Finals voting opens
Feb. 4, 2020 – Finals voting closes
Feb. 9, 2020 – 92nd Oscars

What do you think of the announced changes? Does this help AMPAS? Or will this make the core viewers angry? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

The 91st Oscars air on ABC on Feb. 24th, 2019. 

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So by cutting 6 to 8 categories out, they’ll be saving a whole…like 15 minutes max. Barely gets the show down to 3.5 hours, let alone 3 hours.


So by cutting 6 to 8 categories out, they’ll be saving a whole…like 15 minutes max. Barely gets the show down to 3.5 hours, let alone 3 hours.

JJ Gauthier

Well, that’s one of the terrible, terrible decisions down.

Hopefully now there will be enough backlash to not hide 1/4 of the winners. That’s just the worst.


Instead of honoring the industry as a whole they will focus mainly on those people that already get most the praise. I am guessing we lose both Shorts, both Sound, Makeup, Production Design, Visual Effects and Costume Design. Terrible. A slap in the face to those who make the movies.


Does the Academy not realize that it is the so called “boring” technical awards that are also the awards that their precious “popular movies” often win. So by not showing them they basically won’t be showing any wins got the big blockbuster films.

Juan Carlos Ojano

Downright disrespectful to all the craftspeople in the technical categories. They are basically saying these categories are of less importance. Backlash from the branches, please.


How about cutting pointless montages, bad sketches and song performances instead?

James Light

I think everyone seems to have forgotten that the Grammys and Emmys have done this for years without all this fuss. ABC made this request and the Academy is trying to put on an entertaining show and regaining an audience. It is about money and viewership … it is Television.


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