Oscars introduce new award for outstanding popular film

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Future broadcasts will be three hours long and will include a new category that is designed around achievement in popular film.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences re-elected John Bailey as president for a second term on Tuesday, a few months after a sexual harassment allegation leveled against him was investigated and dismissed by the organization. This is a big move up for the Oscars 2020 airdate, as the 91st Academy Awards are scheduled to air on February 24, 2019, with nominations to be announced on January 22.

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world.

The requirements aren't known just yet, though we assume it will be to integrate films that are more popular with the buying public rather than exclusively the critics.

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While details of the popular film category are yet to be announced, it could be a way of superhero films finally breaking through to the Oscars with the acclaimed box office hit Black Panther possibly making an appearance.

- For starters, they want to commit to a three-hour telecast, arguing, "To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

The Academy's board of governors has also set an earlier date for the 2020 Oscars ceremony and will shorten the telecast to three hours in an attempt to make the ceremony "more accessible for our viewers worldwide". Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast.

In a message to its members the Academy said eligibility requirements for the new category and other key details would be "forthcoming". They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process". The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.

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