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John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members this morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes, which also included bumping the 2020 ceremony up to February 9.

For 2019, organizers are hoping to produce a "more accessible" three-hour show - by presenting some of the awards during commercial breaks, Academy president John Bailey and chief executive officer Dawn Hudson told members, news agency AFP reported.

The biggest change, however, is that they are looking to add "a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film", with key details surrounding that particular award forthcoming.

The Academy's new Oscars popular film category isn't so popular.

The telecast has also limited its run time to three hours or less, revealing that select categories will be presented during commercial breaks.

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This change passed the voting process, which signifies how important it is to make the Oscars broadcast more appealing to a wider range of viewers.

The Hollywood Reporter printed a message from the Academy to its members, outlining the new changes approved by the Board of Governors.

- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.

Again, it's important to note that we know very little right now about exactly how this category will work, who will be eligible (popular films can be low-budget indies that caught fire at the box office, too), and how the award will be framed in the overall telecast.

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- draemc (@draemc1)a popular film category???

Industry observers have complained that sometimes, the Oscars come almost two months after the Golden Globes, making Tinseltown's awards season a marathon of gowns, glitz - and stress.

The Academy has recently made much-lauded moves to diversify and expand its membership, which would theoretically lead to a corresponding diversification and expansion of the kind of films that get nominated for, and awarded, Oscars.

"When that whole snafu happened with best picture, you had the "La La Land" folks and "Moonlight" folks onstage at the same time", he continued, alluding to the more than $20 million difference between their budgets. The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast. "We have the MTV Movie Awards for that kind of junk", he said. For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24.

Big-budget blockbusters like the Marvel and Star Wars franchises aren't completely ignored by the Academy: they're usually given a nod for visual effects, sound design or other technical accomplishments.

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