The Oscars will introduce a new award for outstanding popular film at next year’s ceremony. It means that movies that are popular with the public, rather than critics, will be recognised.
Details concerning eligibility requirements will be shared in the near future, reports the BBC. In the past, films that have been very popular with the public, but not with critics – for example, Love Actually, Mamma Mia and the Twilight franchise – have never achieved Oscars success. This year, hit movies such as The Greatest Showman and Black Panther – both of which enjoyed huge commercial success – could be in with a chance of being nominated within the new category.
The launch of the new award will also go some way to contest the argument that the Oscars no longer reflect what people want to watch. There is reportedly a widening gap between films that win big at the annual Academy Awards and films that are a box office hit.
The Academy has also decided to bring forward the 2020 Oscars from its usual end of February, start of March slot – making it the grand finale of awards season – to 9 February, although no reasons were given as to why. The televised version will also be slimmed down to three hours to make it more accessible for viewers.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.