Almost a decade after expanding its Best Picture category to include up to 10 nominees in an effort to feature a wider variety of films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making another big change that could mean more spotlight time for genre films and blockbusters. Others will be presented during commercial breaks, with the winners' acceptances "edited and aired later in the broadcast".
They have also announced that a new category is being designed around achievement in popular film, and that they are planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. The ceremony often runs close to four hours since all 24 categories are handed out on the air, from Best Picture all the way to Best Documentary Short.
The Academy announced some big changes for future Oscars ceremonies. It also clocked it at almost 4 hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. The dirty (not so) secret of the Academy Awards is that they've never really been a benchmark of excellence to begin with.
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The Academy last added a new category in 2001 for Best Animated Feature. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.
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We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you. Regardless of whatever "criteria" they end up outlining, the AMPAS might as well just slap a dollar sign on the trophy's forehead and call it "Most Money Earned" (or "Best Cape").
Other cinephiles were turned off by the idea of a "popular film" category, worrying it could turn the Oscars into a ceremony that panders to popular public opinion, much like the MTV Movie Awards or the People's Choice Awards.
What they're proposing now is different - they'll keep handing out awards without a break, even during commercials. And what criteria will be used to determine whether a film qualifies as "popular?" "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".
Essentially, with these changes, the Oscars are looking to become more like the MTV Movie Awards, and that's a damn shame.