The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, has voted to approve main new adjustments for its upcoming awards exhibits.
“Change is coming to the #Oscars,” tweeted the Academy on Wednesday.
In a letter to members, Academy President John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson outlined “three key changes” agreed to at a Tuesday assembly: a three-hour telecast, a brand new award class, and an earlier airdate.
The adjustments are designed to deal with criticism that the Oscars snubs films that carry out nicely on the field workplace in favor of crucial darlings and that the televised ceremony that includes 24 classes is just too lengthy. This yr’s awards present in March lasted nearly 4 hours and was watched by simply 26.5 million folks, the ceremony’s worst ever viewership. The choice to carry the ceremony on March four, greater than two months after the Golden Globes, was additionally criticized for unnecessarily dragging out awards season.
“We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide,” Bailey and Hudson wrote of their letter.
In order to carry the present below three hours, some awards for sure classes might be handed out throughout business breaks. “The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast,” the Academy leaders stated. These classes have but to be decided however are prone to embrace technical or quick movie classes, which are inclined to characteristic much less well-known nominees.
There are few particulars for the Academy’s new class, “For Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.” Bailey and Hudson stated solely “eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming.” (An Academy spokesperson did not instantly reply to a request for remark.)
After the favored movie The Dark Knight failed to attain a nomination within the high class in 2008, the Academy expanded the variety of movies that may be nominated for Best Picture from 5 to 10.
The 92nd Oscars ceremony in 2020 might be moved from Feb. 23 to Feb. 9. The 2019 ceremony will stay on Feb 24.
Bailey and Hudson stated the Academy board took the adjustments “seriously” and voted after working teams spent months discussing enhance the ceremony.
“We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world,” they wrote.