This year's Oscars are getting shorter — and hopefully getting you to watch.
In a three-part series of changes unveiled Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said that it will shorten the televised part of its annual awards show and add a category for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film. This is the first new category since Best Animated Feature was added in 2001, per Vanity Fair.
Academy President John Bailey and CEO Dawn Hudson rolled out all these new changes in a letter sent to members Wednesday, says The Hollywood Reporter. Just what "popular film" means is still a mystery, though the Academy's letter promises "eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming."
Even before the Oscars added this new 24th category, the televised February ceremony often ran long. The Academy is now strictly committed to a three-hour show, creating a "more accessible Oscars for our viewers nationwide," per the letter. Some categories will be awarded in-person during commercial breaks, then edited for TV audiences and broadcast later in the night. The 2019 awards will remain on their previously announced date of Feb. 24, but the show will move up to Feb. 9 in 2020, the letter also says.