Oscars move to honour 'popular' movies sparks swift backlash

Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

Beginning next year, among the known Oscar nominations will be new for best popular film.

The Academy Awards have also marked an earlier airdate for the 2020 ceremony - February 9.

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Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognising "achievement in popular film", saying those would come later, but critics on Twitter said it seemed to create a second-tier honour and mocked it as "the Black Panther award".

The Oscars ceremony will be trimmed by handing out some awards during commercial breaks instead of honoring all winners, including those in categories like sound editing and costumes, along with actors, writers and director. Then, they suggested fixes including adding the popular film category. The Academy already has the Best Picture category.

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"How can the Academy define what's "popular"?" It was so popular and well-liked that the film, even before this announcement, had gained major Oscar buzz, with many feeling it would be the equivalent to this year's Logan or even Get Out, both popular films that were nominated for (and in the latter's case, won) Oscars for their troubles. "They initially tried to do something similar about a decade ago when they extended the amount of Best Picture nominees from 5 to 10, because of the uproar when popular movies like "WALL-E" and "The Dark Knight" were being excluded from Best Picture nominations". It has faced loads of backlash from the Academy's lack of diversity when it comes to the films nominated which at best has slightly (but not significantly) improved.

A win in the new category "would signal to audiences - and the industry - that Coogler's astonishing afro-futuristic superhero film is more of a product than a piece of art; that it's the most-watched and tweeted-about and liked, but not necessarily of the highest quality", says the entertainment news site.

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Ratings for the 90th Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 percent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008.

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