The Oscars, which experienced its lowest-rated Academy Awards telecast on record this year, has announced changes intended to create a more entertaining experience for viewers worldwide.
In a letter to members, President John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson cited three major changes:
cutting the telecast to three hours and presenting select categories during commercial breaks, which will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast,
adding a new award category for “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film,” and
changing the date of the 92nd Oscars in 2020 from February 23 to the February 9.
These announcements address increasing concerns that the tradition-entrenched ceremony isn’t keeping up with the changing world around it.
By shortening the broadcast and adding a category for blockbuster hits, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences aims to provide a more enjoyable and accessible show for movie fans.