Huge Changes Coming To The Oscars

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Also, the 92nd Oscar ceremony in 2020 will air on the much earlier date of Sunday, February 9, presumably to battle complaints that the show's usual late-February or early-March date feels a little late.

The next year, the Academy expanded its Best Picture category to 10 nominees to try and recognize more "populist" films like The Dark Knight. The body stated that the smaller awards will be presented during the telecast's commercial breaks, with the winning moments aired later in the broadcast.

The Academy's new Oscars popular film category isn't so popular.

Ratings for the 91st Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 percent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008. The annual awards show usually runs over three hours, with the longest show clocking in at four hours and 20 minutes minutes in 2002. The dirty (not so) secret of the Academy Awards is that they've never really been a benchmark of excellence to begin with. They're scooching up the broadcast a couple weeks earlier in February - but not until the 2020 telecast. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.

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The 2019 Oscars will look a little different. Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public.

We'll address points 1 and 3 in a bit, but it's point 2 - the new category for popular film - that's getting people talking today. Many wrote that they hoped the category will be about stunt work.

Popular film? What is this?

However, others tweeted that they aren't too thrilled with the idea of the Academy only showing select categories live, with the other awards to be given out during commercial breaks. "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar". But they've sought to address it, in years past, by zipping through the technical awards (which are held and taped days before the main Oscars telecast) and hectoring presenters to keep their acceptance speeches pithy.

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