By Damilola Faustino
The Oscars have announced a new category aiming to celebrate popular film, along with more changes for future ceremonies.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the 2018 Academy Awards were the least-watched in history. Viewing figures are said to have dropped 19 per cent from 2017, with an average of 26.5 million tuning in. Last year saw an average of 32.9 million viewers.
Now, the Oscars have unveiled plans to shake-up the annual ceremony.
Changes include a new category “being designed around achievement in popular film” and “a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast”.
Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here's what you need to know:
– A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
– We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
– We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. pic.twitter.com/oKTwjV1Qv9
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018
In an attempt to condense the show, some lower-profile categories will be presented during ad breaks. Edited versions of these winning moments will air later in the show.
2020’s event – the 92nd Academy Awards – has also been given an earlier airdate of February 9. The ceremony was originally scheduled for February 24.
The changes were put in place by the Academy’s Board of Governors and were outlined in an email to Academy members.
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