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The Oscars are adding a new category to honor popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony on a much earlier air date of February 9, 2020.

The biggest change, however, is that they are looking to add "a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film", with key details surrounding that particular award forthcoming.

If you're a fan of the types of movies that break box office records, you might have more reason to tune into the Oscars soon. While the Board of Governors probably hoped the fresh category would excite viewers and perhaps get those ratings up - spoiler alert - Hollywood pretty much hates it.

Another new, major change will be trying to keep the Oscars broadcast to a tight three hours. Blockbuster hits occasionally win big - like in 2004, when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won best picture - but it's often the case that the films in the best picture categories aren't the movies that everyone went to see on opening weekend.

The 2019 ceremony will air February 24, while the 2020 ceremony will move to February 9.

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IndieWire chief film critic Eric Kohn told The Washington Post that the "crass" category frustrates him.

The Academy of Motion Pictures just announced some changes to its annual Oscars event.

This is especially interesting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never won an Oscar - embarrassingly, despite Suicide Squad grabbing a Best Makeup and Hairstyling gong past year - but that could very well change with this new award category. That same year, the Academy also reinstated a "preferential ballot" for Best Picture voting that allows members to rank films according to preference in that category, rather than simply picking one victor. Several tweets have flagged controversial past Best Picture winners that were awarded over arguably worthier contenders - such as Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction.

Scott Feinberg reports that the Academy has made a decision to only feature select wins on the telecast to keep the show trimmed to a solid three hours.

They will instead be given out live in the auditorium during commercial breaks; "the winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast", the letter said. The MTV Movie Awards? The 2019 ceremony will still air on February 24, while the 2020 show will move to February 9. Here's what they had to say in a message sent out to members recently.

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