The Academy has added an exciting new Oscars category!

By Meaghan Wray

Major changes are coming to next year’s Oscars awards show! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced the addition of a popular film category coming in 2019, along with the promises of a more “globally accessible, three-hour telecast” and an earlier airdate for the following year. The Academy took to Twitter to share the exciting news on Aug. 8, which has sparked some controversy on social media.

It’s been nearly 17 years since the film Academy added a new category, best animated film. While details on how movies will be put in the running for this new award have yet to be shared, their tweet reads that it’s “being designed around achievement in popular film.” Fans of the awards show took to Twitter in response to the announcement, pointing out that the difference between the new category and best picture is unclear and adding that it’s unfair to not have recognition for stunt work and choreography, or voice acting performances.

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Some say the Academy is trying to gain popularity again after suffering the lowest viewer ratings in history this year, which dropped 19 per cent from 2017 – an astonishingly low 26.5 million people tuned in for the festivities, which included a free jet ski giveaway and a group of celebrities surprising an audience watching A Wrinkle in Time just down the street from the Dolby Theatre! The Guardian suggests that the new category could be good news for Marvel movies, like Black Panther , which often get overlooked when it comes to Hollywood’s biggest awards night.

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 committed to producing an entertaining show in three hours, delivering a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide,” a letter sent to academy members read.

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