That’s it with the Oscars.
Bowing to pressure about ratings to your show, and then to the studios who don’t make arty films, the Oscars will add a “popular film” category into the contest from 2020.
This means the top studio films that are ignored along at the Oscars– like Disney, Marvel, Disney, Pixar, etc – will use a People’s Choice type award. Filmmaking will not be the condition. But now “Mission Impossible” have been around in a gaggle with “Black Panther.”
Also, the Oscars will progress up to February 9th, a couple weeks ahead of usual. Consequently the nominating period will likely be short, short, short. The Grammys won’t be happy– that’s their date– but what the hell. The studios have wanted this for long periods, along with the Academy has capitulated.
It’s a cowing to crap.
The on air broadcast beginning in 2020 will halve the volume of awards given on air. It indicates, much like the Emmys additionally, the Grammys, “creative” awards can happen for a different time. Eliminate sound editing on Oscar night, kids. It’s just usually stars, stars, stars. How was the show made? So what, really? Find out later.
Well, the top was near. The Oscar ratings keep getting less and less. The studios are receiving no recognition for tent pole movies. It’s an incredibly Trumpian philosophy.
More to come…
Last night, the Board of Governors met to elect new board officers, and discuss and approve significant changes towards Oscars telecast.
The Board of Governors, staff, Academy members, as well as other working groups spent the last many months discussing improvements for the show.
Tonight, the Board approved three key changes:
1. A three-hour Oscars telecast
We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering an increasingly accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide.
To honor all 24 award categories, we’ll present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to remain determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later while in the broadcast.
2. New award category
We can establish a completely new category for outstanding achievement in popular film. Eligibility requirements as well as other key details shall be forthcoming.
3. Earlier airdate for 92nd Oscars
The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, on the previously announced . The date change will not affect awards eligibility dates or even the voting process.
The 91st Oscars telecast continues to be announced on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
We often hear from most of you about improvements required to keep Oscars and our Academy relevant in a very changing world. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously.
We are excited about these steps, and search toward sharing more info on you.
John Bailey and Dawn Hudson