The Academy Awards Adds New Oscars Category For Popular Films

You're finally about to have a big voice when it comes to next year's Oscar wins.

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It might be sixth months to go until we see Hollywood dust off its suits and floor-length gowns for the 91st Academy Awards, but change is already coming to the Oscars.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors approved several major changes to the ceremony's format including one that addresses the much-needed issue of involving the public vote in the proceedings.

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As a result, newly-reinstated president John Bailey announced the Academy is creating a new category 'designed around achievement in popular film'. This means, the Oscars will finally be celebrating the films that the public actually pays money for and likes to see.

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If a 'popular choice' award sounds a bit lame (anyone else reminded of the People's Choice Awards and MTV Movie Awards?), at least it's recognising that public popularity - while not necessarily prestigious - is big money for Hollywood.

You need only look to the box office successes of the likes of Black Panther (which reportedly just became the third movie in history to cross the $700 million United States domestic box office plateau), Deadpool 2, and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again to see the importance of public opinion among the heavyweights of the cinema industry.

Besides, at least a public vote may appease some people (i.e me) who failed to comprehend how in Zeus' name The Shape of Water won this year's 'Best Picture' award. Soz, Guillermo del Toro.

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The Academy also announced they'll be moving the awards show to an earlier air date from 2020 and will have a 'more globally accessible, three-hour telecast'.

It's not a big surprise the Academy is attempting to boost it's dwindling numbers of telecast viewers give that just five months ago it had the lowest-rated Academy Awards telecast on record (a mere 26.5 million viewers tuned in).

Change is a'comin'.

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