A few weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced three changes coming to the Oscars from 2020:
- Sooner – The ceremony will be held earlier than in previous years, moving from towards the end of February to towards the start.
- Shorter – The telecast will be shorter, with ‘lesser’ awards announced during advertising breaks.
- Studio-friendlier – The introduction of a new category “designed around achievement in popular film“.
The response from the industry was swift and largely negative. I’m not going to comment on the efficacy of the changes, but I am interested in looking at how ‘popular films’ have fared in Oscars past.
Presumably, part of the reason for the new category is that the Academy feels that many of the movies most enjoyed by film …