The Oscars will introduce a new category for "achievement in popular film"

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The Academy Awards are making significant changes including the addition of a brand new popular film category, a decision criticized by some in the industry as a watering down of the quality of the ceremony. Mark Harris, the Five Came Back author, said that the idea of bringing a popular film category was "ghetto" and people would "perceive it that way". Winning moments will be edited and later aired during the broadcast. The Academy took to Twitter to share the exciting news on August 8, which has sparked some controversy on social media.

Big changes are coming to the Oscars. Those (in the case of films like Black Panther, say) those nerdy, nerdy eyeballs, and the rooting interests they represent.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world", Bailey and Hudson wrote in a note to members.

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The Oscars ceremony will be trimmed by handing out some awards during commercial breaks instead of honoring all winners, including those in categories like sound editing and costumes, along with actors, writers and director. The last time a new category was added to the awards was in 2001, for Best Animated Film.

Critics of this latest move point out, rightly, that there's already an award for being a popular film - box office grosses. The concession is an attempt to allow awards for films that are blockbuster hits that have been shut out of the Best Picture academy, such as science fiction, horror and superhero films.

The Academy announced some big changes for future Oscars ceremonies. "In creating this award, the Board of Governors supports broad-based consideration of excellence in all films".

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The sale of the broadcast rights make up the majority of the Academy's revenue, meaning viewer figures are important, and they tend to be higher when more popular films are nominated in the major categories. All of this will be put into effect for the 91st Academy Awards next February, where Marvel fans will no doubt be campaigning for Black Panther to land the ultimate prize. Even with this change it still can do that of course, but adding a new category just widens the net.

While the glamorous evening can run upwards of four hours, the academy has now promised to keep it to a tight three, claiming that some of the 24 categories will be announced during commercial breaks.

We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you.

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