The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is undergoing an exciting revamp as it attempts to boost recent declining ratings.
In a statement released on Thursday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced three changes would be taking place – including the awards ceremony getting shorter, an earlier air date and a brand new category.
“We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world,” the Academy said in a letter to members.
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“The board of governors took this charge seriously.”
The Academy announced that they have set an earlier airdate of February 9 for the 2020 awards and have reduced the televised ceremony to just three hours, making it “more globally accessible”.
They also revealed that a new category is being “designed around achievement in popular film”, which is the first time a new category has been added since 2001.
It comes after this year’s Oscars drew an audience of 26.5 million US TV viewers, the lowest rating on record.
Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here’s what you need to know:
– A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film.
– We’ve set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9.
– We’re planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast. pic.twitter.com/oKTwjV1Qv9
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018