In a surprise reversal, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that they will be postponing the new ‘popular’ movie category following widespread criticism – meaning the new Oscars category will not be present at the upcoming 91st awards.
The Academy says in a statement that they recognize that implementation of a new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released. Additionally, The Board of Governors continues to be actively engaged in discussions and will examine and seek additional input regarding this category. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson says:
“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. 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.”
The other changes to the 91st Oscars next year, including restructuring and shortening the length of the telecast to three hours, are still expected to continue. To honor all twenty-four 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 and The Academy will collaborate with the show producers to select these categories.