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.