The Oscars announce they are going to make some massive changes to the ceremony 3 years ago

The Oscars announce they are going to make some massive changes to the ceremony

What do you think should win ‘Best Popular Film’?

The Oscars is arguably the most important and famous awards ceremony in the world.

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But have you ever actually watched the ceremony in full? Ok, it is on in the middle of the night in the UK. But even then it is so, so, so long. And boring.

Not only that, but Academy voters have a history of making decisions that don’t really hold the test of time. Raging Bull lost to soppy drama Ordinary People. Pulp Fiction lost to Forrest Gump. Stanley Kubrick never won an Oscar.

And then as well, there was the #OscarsSoWhite controversy a few years back.

So now The Academy have now announced that they are introducing some drastic changes to the ceremony.

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They outline three key changes that they plan to make:

First, making the ceremony a lot shorter, at three hours long (it normally goes four-plus hours). This has particularily annoyed people as cutting the length suggest that the technical awards - sound design, make-up etc - would be cut from the broadcast, denying these unsung heroes their one moment in the spotlight.

Secondly, moving it forward to February.

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And most interestingly, adding an award for "achievement in popular film". What does that mean, exactly? Here's one award for arthouse thing only snooty critics like, and one for some lowbrow superhero stuff?