Aug 08, 2018 01:28 PM EST

The Oscars Adding a New Category and Some Other Welcome Changes to Its Show

The Oscars Adding a New Category and Some Other Welcome Changes to Its Show
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a meeting last night and made some important decisions about future airings of the Oscars. The board also re-elected John Bailey to a second term as president.

The changes will include a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film, as well as limiting the show to 3 hours in length. They have also decided that they will present certain categories during commercial breaks and air them later in the show. While many of the categories that aren't the major prize are already feeling like they may be pushed off the main telecast, the board must see that the struggle in ratings will require some new ideas to keep people tuned in. There is no word yet about which categories this will affect.

Another change will be a move in the date of the show. Beginning in 2020, the Oscars will move up to February 9 from February 23.

The 2019 Oscars will air Sunday, February 24.

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