Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade.
In a message to its members obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy announced that - in addition to committing to a three-hour telecast that will include some presentation changes and a slightly earlier airdate for the 2020 ceremony - its board of governors voted Tuesday to add a new category to the annual Oscars telecast: Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film. The 92nd Oscars have also been brought forward from 23 February to 9 February 2020, though the eligibility dates for Oscar releases and the voting period will remain the same.
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.
The next Oscars air Sunday, February 24, 2019. Further details and eligibility requirements are yet to be announced, but the category is expected to cater to more blockbuster and genre films, often seen as maligned by awards ceremonies.
As for the other announcements today, the Academy also confirmed that the telecast would be cut down to three hours (phew), though this will result in some categories (presumably the shorts and crafts awards) being doled out during commercials and edited into a montage to be aired later in the show.
- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film. Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously. The next ceremony will be the 91st Academy Awards.
"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films", Palotta wrote. "Popular films are films!" That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor. The MTV Movie Awards?
- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category???
- melomys (@melomys)This is the worst idea you've ever had. "Every single one was either nominated or won Best Picture with the exception of 'Snow White, ' which was given an honorary Oscar".