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.


“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.