Some changes are about to happen in the Oscars.
The Academy announced it’s adding a new category, shortening the broadcast and moving up the date of the 2019 show.
Following the lowest-rated telecast in Oscars history in 2018, The Academy is announcing some changes on the awards show.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Academy president John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson wrote a letter to members explaining some changes were made to produce “an entertainment show in three hours.”
Among the changes is to present fewer categories live. The plan is not to remove the awards from the show, but to present some of the categories during commercial breaks. “The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast,” Bailey and Hudson explain in the letter shared by THR.
Plus, the Oscars will have a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Details, such as eligibility requirements, are yet to come. However, the award will already be part of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019.
The letter also announced that the 92nd Oscars will air in an earlier date: Feb. 9, 2020.
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
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