Published Aug 08, 2018It looks as if the Academy Awards are about to go a little bit more mainstream, as an Oscar will soon be handed out for "outstanding achievement in popular film."
That means blockbuster films that are often overlooked (other than in the occasional sound or makeup category) will now have a chance to triumph.
Based on box office performance so far this year, that could leave movies like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story in the running for the new award — in addition to eligibility in the regular categories.
Full details of the new category are still to be announced.
The new category was revealed in a message to the Academy members today [via The Hollywood Reporter] that detailed changes to improve the Oscars telecast, following a record low number of viewers earlier this year.
Other proposed changes include capping the broadcast at three hours by presenting select awards live and recording others during commercial breaks to be aired later in the broadcast, as well as bumping up the air date for the 92nd Oscars (to be aired in 2020) from February 23 to February 9 to combat award season fatigue.
The 91st Oscars are still slated to air on February 24, 2019.