If you, like us, await the Oscars red carpet every year with bated breath – only to feel the actual ceremony falls a bit flat once Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue is over (not to mention the wait for best picture feels longer than a Christopher Nolan film), then you’ll be pleased to hear the Film Academy has announced some changes for the 2019 Awards Show.
Ahead of the start of the awards season in September, three major modifications were announced by President John Bailey and C.E.O Dawn Hudson in a letter to Academy members. Ours must have been lost in the mail, but we’ve got our hands on one and we’ll break it down for you:
Firstly, most likely in response to diminishing ratings, the ceremony will be shortened to a strict three hours (subtext: recipients preparing long acceptance speeches, you will be played off.)
Secondly, from 2020, the Oscars will air in early February rather than at the tail end of the month, which means a shorter awards season all round. But just as many great dresses, win!
Finally, and perhaps most significantly, the Academy is adding a new category for next year’s show. This is the first of its kind since 2001, when Best Animated Feature was added to the line-up, allowing classics like Finding Nemo and Up the acknowledgement they deserved.
The new category is for Outstanding Popular Film, which is set to be a gamechanger given it will open the awards up to not just critically acclaimed films, but more 'commercially successful' ones. Big-ticket blockbusters have often been overlooked in the past, and this will allow people-pleasers like your Marvel Universe offshoots to make the cut (think Black Panther, undoubtedly the year’s biggest runaway hit.) It also means more Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hardy et. al on the red carpet.
You know what they say–give the people what they want!