Oscars 2020 Airdate Announced and Changes Teased by AMPAS

John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes. Edited versions of the awards given out during the breaks will air later in the broadcast.

Changes are coming to the Oscars, and it's all our fault.

Australia's Logie Awards wrestle with a similar issue, in that they have two groups of categories, one voted by the audience, and the other voted by juries of industry professionals.

The changes are among the most drastic made to the program in recent years. A representative for the Academy confirmed to "Good Morning America" that the new category will be implemented in time for next year's ceremony, which is scheduled for February 24.

There will soon be a new Oscar statuette up for grabs - "best popular film". Specifically, ratings have been dropping severely and much of that has been blamed on the fact that numerous movies being honored in the top categories aren't necessarily all that popular with the moviegoing public.

Fans of this year's superhero sensation "Black Panther", from Disney's Marvel Studios, have been arguing that it deserves a best picture nomination.

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The Oscars are getting shorter and attempting to appeal to the broader movie-going public by adding a new category, as organisers face sliding ratings.

The Academy Board of Governors has yet to reveal more information about what kind of achievement will be recognized and what qualifies as a popular film, and the Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "The Last Fall" director Matthew A. Cherry agreed "Black Panther" is a shoe-in, while adding that he'd like to see the Academy add a best stunt race, too. The statement reads: "To honour all 24 award categories, we will present select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

The 91st Academy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, February 24, 2019, while the following year's ceremony will occur on Sunday, February 9, 2020. This will allow the Oscars to take place before rival awards shows.

Best Achievement In Popular Film.

Many social media users and film critics criticised the change, calling it "pandering" and a "desperate" move that will seek to honour popularity over quality, or act as a token gesture to films that would otherwise have been nominated in the Best Picture category.

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