In addition to announcing the new category, the Oscars said the telecast will be "more globally accessible" and that the 2020 ceremony will take place earlier in the year on February 9.
The Academy Board of Governors has yet to reveal more information about what kind of achievement will be recognized and what qualifies as a popular film, and the Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks. Some will be presented during commercial breaks at the Dolby Theatre, with the key moments being edited into the broadcast later.
Details and eligibility requirements of the new category, which will honour "outstanding achievement in popular film", will be forthcoming.
The date of the 92nd Oscars telecast will move to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. For comparison, last year's ceremony aired in early March and the upcoming 2019 show is set for February 24.
The film Academy has announced a number of changes to the Oscars, including the introduction of a new category.
The 2018 awards show, which clocked in at nearly four hours, was the least-watched Oscars to date. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process".
As of now, it's unclear if these changes will be in effect during this winter's upcoming Oscars, or the 2020 telecast.
It's all change at the Oscars - the Academy has unveiled plans for a new category, a shorter telecast and an earlier airdate set to roll out in the coming years. The following year, the category was widened from five nominees to ten.
We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you. Period. There's no need to put a "popular film" label on it. This could be a double-edged sword for some popular movies, serving to ghettoize high-grossing films that might have gotten into Best Picture anyway.
- melomys (@melomys)This is the worst idea you've ever had.
- AmyAdamsUpdate (@AmyAdamsUpdate)We already have the People's Choice Awards.