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Rob Lowe slams Academy chiefs over Oscars changes

13 August 2018, 02:31 | Elsie Buchanan

Academy Announces Major Changes to Oscars 2020

Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

They believe people will just adjust to the changes over time.

The introduction of the new category is not the only change that has caused anger in Hollywood; the governors also approved a move to shorten the Oscars telecast by cutting some categories from the live TV ceremony.

The U.S. television audience for the nearly four-hour Oscar ceremony in March 2018 was just 26.5 million viewers, the smallest in the history of the 90 year-old Academy Awards. The Dark Knight is an example of a blockbuster hit robbed of a Best Picture nomination which led to the Academy increasing the number of nominees in the Best Picture category from five to ten.

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Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognizing popular film, saying those would come later. "Apparently, that wasn't enough for them". Comedian Dennis Miller made a sarcastic suggestion for another awards category: "Best driver's-ed film".

The Academy has traditionally looked down on certain genres, generally ignoring horror, fantasy, science fiction and comedy films.

In recent years, the Academy Awards have continuously suffered from low ratings.

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'The Dark Knight' via Warner Bros.

Critics (myself included) of this decision are arguing that the Popular Film Oscar is nothing more than a consolation reward for financially and critically successful mainstream films that would otherwise be left out of the Oscars in favor of more traditional Oscar fare. It has faced loads of backlash from the Academy's lack of diversity when it comes to the films nominated which at best has slightly (but not significantly) improved.

But what's also possble is that the new designation turns into little more than a marketing label distributors can slap on Blu-rays. "My favorite joke that I've seen on Twitter concerning this issue was by somebody who quipped that had this category only been implemented sooner, Adam Sandler would have had 15 Oscars by now".

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