Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here's what you need to know:
- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
I'm on the fence about this change. I commend the Academy for its attempt to be more inclusive to high-quality blockbusters, but there are probably more appropriate award categories in which to do it. "Best Popular Film" sounds really vague and reminds me too much of the "Best Unique and Artistic Picture Academy Award" from the very first ceremony--an award that I call "Best Picture with an Asterisk".
BTW, anybody who claims that the Best Popular Film Academy Award was introduced solely for Black Panther
should be reminded that Black Panther
was released in February and 99.9% of every film released in February over the past 90 years have received a cumulative total of zero Oscar nominations in the respective following year's ceremony. Academy voters have a very short-term memory and completely shun any movie released before June 1 in any one calendar year. Most of the Oscar bait doesn't get released until at least November.
I've also seen the argument that the inclusion of a Best Popular Film Academy Award would prevent high-quality blockbusters from receiving nods in the Best Picture category. First of all, that hasn't stopped the Academy before. Second, the reason that the Best Animated Feature Academy Award was created in 2001 was because so many great animated films before 2002 were snubbed of a Best Picture nod (such as The Little Mermaid
, The Lion King
, and the first Toy Story
). Besides, the inclusion of the Best Animated Feature Academy Award hasn't stopped Up
and Toy Story 3
from receiving Best Picture nominations. So the belief that a Best Popular Film Academy Award category would ruin a blockbuster's chances at a Best Picture nomination is total horse hockey.
But I will watch the Oscars, anyway, no matter what categories are in or out. It's an annual tradition of mine that I will never break, and I need more winners to predict incorrectly in my Oscar posts.
- We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
The Super Bowl and the Grammys ought to be thrilled with that date.
- We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.
I approve of this one, mainly because I live on the East Coast and it's a little hard on my body to stay awake past midnight on a Sunday.
flockofseagulls104 wrote:Now if they put a stop to the mindless political comments by ignorant actors and actresses, maybe I'd watch a few minutes of it.
I totally agree that Scott Baio, Stacey Dash, Victoria Jackson, Antonio Sabato Jr., Susan Sarandon, Janine Turner, Jon Voight, and James Woods need to keep their mindless ignorant pieholes permanently closed.
"[Drumpf's] name alone creates division and anger, whose words inspire dissension and hatred, and can't possibly 'Make America Great Again.'" --Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)