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The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at almost four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade.

The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020.

"We are committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide", the board said.

The requirements aren't known just yet, though we assume it will be to integrate films that are more popular with the buying public rather than exclusively the critics. For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24. It's not clear when the new award category will be rolled out.

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"To honor all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)", a letter to Academy members reads. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast. There are no other details available about the award yet, including eligibility information, but the change is part of a continued effort by the Academy to keep the Oscars "relevant in a changing world". What we do know, though, is that the Academy has just taken a major step in the direction of focusing more on blockbusters, which are often viewed as a kind of art form unto themselves. Is Best Popular Film a good idea or not? Last year, "Wonder Woman's" complete shutout aroused an uproar from many who consider the first female-headlined superhero film award-worthy, and as Woerner pointed out, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, but not best picture.

"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films", Palotta wrote.

- AmyAdamsUpdate (@AmyAdamsUpdate)We already have the People's Choice Awards.

- laura (@lauracsx)'Popular?' Does that mean bad but makes lots of money for the studios?


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