Academy retreats on 'popular' Oscar category for now
By Kristopher Tapley
Sep 06, 2018 | 2:32 PM
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its new planned "popular" Oscar "merits further study" and will not present the new category at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.
The organization stated that "while remaining committed to celebrating a wide spectrum of movies," it recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year "creates challenges for films that have already been released."
The AMPAS board of governors will continue to be actively engaged in discussions and will be seeking input regarding the category going forward.
"There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. "We have made changes to the Oscars over the years--including this year--and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years."
Other planned changes to the 91st Oscars (2019) will move forward, including restructuring and shortening the length of the telecast to three hours. To honor all 24 award categories, six to eight categories will be presented live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks. The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast. Selected categories will be rotated each year. The Academy will collaborate with the show producer(s) to select these categories.