The Oscars is getting an exciting revamp including a brand new category!

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.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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