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August 08, 2018 8:17am PT by Scott Feinberg

Oscars Won't Televise All Awards Live, Adds "Popular" Film Category

The Academy's board of governors has approved several major changes to the tradition-bound ceremony's format in the hope of retaining the dwindling number of Oscars telecast viewers it still has and luring others back into the fold ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019.

Major change is coming to the Oscars.

On Tuesday night, just five months after the lowest-rated Academy Awards telecast on record (a mere 26.5 million viewers tuned in), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors not only re-elected cinematographer John Bailey as its president, but also approved several major changes to the tradition-bound ceremony's format in the hope of retaining the viewers it still has and luring others back into the fold ahead of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/academy-plans-three-hour-oscars-telecast-adds-popular-film-category-1133138

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Sounds like they are trying to bump up the viewership by adding a "films with the most likes" category :D

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Historically, the Oscar nominated films were also some of the most popular, and by historically I include the Academy Awards from my childhood. Maybe not every film in every category was popular but most of the films were also seen by large audiences. Who wants to watch an awards ceremony when you haven't seen the movies or the performances? It makes it hard to get invested. Granted, part of the problem is that people are going to the movies less than they used to. Why go out and see a film in the theater when you can watch it on your nice big screen at home, especially when ticket prices are so high, and there are high quality television shows to watch as well, which hasn't always been the case. But it's also because they often nominate obscure films, or at least films that haven't been seen by a lot of the population that want to watch the Oscars. I'm not sure if adding a "Popular" category is going to make people more invested though. It's only one category. Who wants to sit through a two or three hour telecast about films they haven't seen just to see five minutes that includes a film or handful of films you are invested in?

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TMZ

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts says it's reconsidering rolling out a new "popular" category for the Oscars, and putting the move on ice for 2019 ... and probably forever.

The AMPA said Thursday that the bemoaned category of "Best Achievement in Popular Film" merits further study ... and it won't be happening for the 2019 award show. As you'll recall ... the backlash to the announcement last month was swift and fierce, with cinephiles calling it the death of the Academy Awards and simply a way to pander to ratings.

The Academy's CEO, Dawn Hudson, says ... "There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members." She continued, "We have made changes to the Oscars over the years—including this year—and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years."

We'll take this a step further and predict this means the "popular" category will never see the light of day, especially after people stop talking about it when the 2019 show's over. Once the buzz dies down, our money's on the Academy never moving to reinstate it.

In other words -- sorry, superhero movies ... you'll have to fight for a Best Picture nod like everyone else.

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