Updated September 6, 2018: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to delay the implementation of a controversial new "Best Popular Film" award category in light of negative response to its planned inclusion in the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony.
“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,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “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 Academy also clarified it will continue to consider including the category in future award ceremonies. The implementation of the "Best Popular Film" award was reportedly seen as an obstacle to Marvel Studios' campaign to secure a "Best Picture" nomination for Black Panther.
The 2019 Motion Picture Academy Awards is scheduled to take place February 24, 2019.
Original Story: Over the last decade superhero movies - Marvel Studios superhero movies in particular - have been some of the more reliably well-reviewed and certainly some of the most successful films in terms of box office in Hollywood. But when it comes time to nominate films for the annual Academy Awards, they've mostly been snubbed.
But that may now change.
In changes to the awards ceremony announced Wednesday morning almost certainly designed to try to address declining ratings to the ABC telecast (in the Academy's words "improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world"), the Motion Picture Academy announced a new category for new category for "outstanding achievement in popular film."
In other words, the films moviegoers are actually paying to see.
Details of the new category like eligibility requirements will be announced at a later date, but at first glance the new award category does seemed designed to try to heighten interest in the telecast by potentially including box office hits with some critical acclaim, like the recent Black Panther, Logan and Avengers: Infinity War.
The Academy has also announced future televised ceremonies will be limited to 3 hours, again with an eye to making the telecast more palpable to larger audiences.
The 91st Oscars telecast will air on Sunday, February 24, 2019. The 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23.