organizers of the oscars -- underneath fire for plummeting scores and accused of elitism -- on wednesday announced the advent of a trendy class to honor pinnacle blockbusters and said they could shorten the ceremony to draw extra viewers.
"exchange is coming to the oscars," tweeted the academy of motion image arts and sciences, which has traditionally put together the glittering awards gala each yr in past due february or early march.
in advance this 12 months, the 90th oscars on march 4 lasted nearly four hours, and published rock backside tv rankings with 26.5 million viewers.
for 2019, organizers are hoping to supply a "more handy" three-hour display -- by way of imparting a number of the awards in the course of commercial enterprise breaks, academy president john bailey and chief government officer dawn hudson told individuals.
edited excerpts of these displays will then be proven in the course of the posted.
they'll additionally create a new award for "super achievement in well-known movie" -- a reaction to accusations that for the beyond decade or greater, the academy has honored arthouse fare handiest visible by using limited audiences.
the academy did not provide specifics approximately how the category may be described.
the very last reform can be to keep the ceremony in advance within the calendar twelve months -- in 2020, it will shift to february nine. in 2019, the date already set -- february 24 -- can be maintained.
enterprise observers have complained that occasionally, the oscars come almost months after the golden globes, making tinseltown's awards season a marathon of gowns, glitz -- and pressure.
"we've heard from lots of you approximately enhancements needed to keep the oscars and our academy relevant in a converting international," bailey and hudson said in a letter to people, a replica of which turned into sent to afp.
"the board of governors took this charge seriously."
however the new measures had been right away met with criticism -- with some suggesting the new "popular movie" ought to mean important and field place of job hits like "black panther" is probably snubbed in the race for the coveted excellent photo statuette.
"the final element that the academy need to now be doing is growing a reactionary new class that is, in impact, the well-known ghetto," stated owen gleiberman, the chief film critic for hollywood news outlet variety.
"as an alternative, it must be running to take off its blinders and make extra room within the big tent for every movie that comes out. it's a manner to win viewers lower back to the oscars with out trashing the essence of what movies are."