A new ‘popular film’ category has been added to The Academy Awards.
The new category isn’t the only change for the 2019 award ceremony, as the organisers are also planning on broadcasting the awards for a shorter period of time, as well as at an earlier date than usual.
The Academy announced the changes on Twitter with many fans asking for more categories to be added such as, stunt work/choreography, voice acting performances and best animated drama.
Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here’s what you need to know:
– A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
– We’ve set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
– We’re planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. pic.twitter.com/oKTwjV1Qv9
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018
The new date for the 2020 Academy Awards has been set for February 9th, instead of the ceremony taking place in March.
The Academy is also “planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast,” which would result in some awards being given during the advertisement breaks.
The Oscars television ratings hit an all-time low in 2018 with 20% less U.S. viewers than the previous year.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made the changes in order to boost ratings for the 2020 ceremony.