London, The film Academy has announced a
number of changes to the Oscars, including the introduction of a new
From next year, there will be an award for outstanding
achievement in popular film, the first time a new Oscar has been
introduced since best animated film in 2001. Details on eligibility have
yet to be announced.
In a letter sent to members, the Academy also announced that the
telecast would now be kept to under three hours, which means that
some of the 24 categories will be announced during commercial breaks
and then edited into the ceremony later on. This year’s ceremony,
which saw The Shape of Water take the top prize, ran to just under
We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours,
delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide, the
The moves are seen as new ways for the Oscars to appeal to a
wider audience. This year’s ceremony saw the lowest US viewership in
history and the contending films were mainly lower budgeted fare with
solid box office returns.
In 2009, the best picture race was opened up from five to a
possible 10 nominees, seen as a way of bringing in bigger
blockbusters. Since then, Avatar, Inception, The Martian, Gravity and
Toy Story 3 have all received nominations.
While details of the popular film category are yet to be
announced, it could be a way for superhero films to finally break
through, with the acclaimed box office hit Black Panther possibly
making an appearance. In a later addendum, the Academy clarified
that a film could be eligible for both the popular film and the best
The most recent induction of new Academy members was also
seen as a way of broadening the institution with its most diverse set to
date, including Amy Schumer, Daniel Kaluuya and Tiffany Haddish.
The industry professionals included in the latest batch of invitees were
49% female and 38% people of color.
Next year’s Oscars will take place on 23 February with early
favorites including Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born, Barry
Jenkins’ Moonlight follow-up If Beale Street Could Talk and the La La
Land director Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong drama First Man, the
British Guardian newspaper reported.
Source: Oman News Agency