Backlash follows the addition of popular film Oscar category (READER POLL)

Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

Academy Announces Major Changes to Oscars 2020

"The Best Popular Film Oscar is not something to strive for; it's an insult", the site adds. The date for the 2019 show, February 24, remains unchanged. Those categories will be edited together and aired later during the broadcast.

Though the outer objective of something like the Academy Awards is to honor major achievements in the world of film, at its inner core, the Oscars is a business. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, had been tipped for nominations in the more traditional Oscars categories, such as Best Picture, but many fans now fear that it will be sidelined. Disney-ABC executives have spent the last few years pushing the Academy to make some changes that they feel would potentially make the broadcast more exciting.

Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognizing popular film, saying those would come later.

"The film business passed away today with the announcement of the "popular" film Oscar", he wrote on Twitter.

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The Academy did not offer specifics about how the category will be defined.

The Oscars have had a long history of passing over blockbuster films such as superhero movies and animated films, only putting those movies in the technical categories and not the categories with high honors like Best Picture. Though the direction certainly helped, it was the editor (s) that made the film flow like water and suddenly their work is not important enough to honor on live TV? Honoring only some defeats the goal of a once great award show. After all, those CGI-heavy blockbusters accounted for half of the top ten highest-grossing films a year ago and they have massive fanbases who might just tune in to the Oscars if their favorite movie were in the running. The Dark Knight is an example of a blockbuster hit robbed of a Best Picture nomination which led to the Academy increasing the number of nominees in the Best Picture category from five to ten.

This story was reported by The Associated Press.

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