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#OscarsSoConfusing?! Reactions on the Academy’s cryptic announcement to add ‘popular’ film category




Oscar statues are seen backstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theater on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
Oscar statues are seen backstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theater on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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The Oscars announced yesterday that they are looking to add a new category to honor popular films. The Academy also promised a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Change is coming to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Oscars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Oscars</a>. Here&#39;s what you need to know:<br><br>- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.<br>- We&#39;ve set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.<br>- We&#39;re planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. <a href="https://t.co/oKTwjV1Qv9">pic.twitter.com/oKTwjV1Qv9</a></p>&mdash; The Academy (@TheAcademy) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheAcademy/status/1027213530842517504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 8, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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.

The move is an attempt to resuscitate declining interest in the Oscars. The Oscars might be the most important award for the movie industry, but viewers of the televised broadcast have dwindled over the years.  Ratings for the 90th Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 percent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008.  

KPCC’s John Horn joins Larry to talk about reactions to the announcement.

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

John Horn, host of KPCC’s daily arts and entertainment show, The Frame