The Achievement in Popular Film category was set to be first presented at the 91st Academy Awards.
In an unexpected, but highly anticipated, press release, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has repealed its plans to introduce a new category at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards: Achievement in Popular Film.
The press release is as follows:
While remaining committed to celebrating a wide spectrum of movies, the Academy announced today that it will not present the new Oscars category at the upcoming 91st awards. The Academy recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released. The Board of Governors continues to be actively engaged in discussions, and will examine and seek additional input regarding this category.
"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," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. "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."
Changes to the 91st Oscars include restructuring and shortening the length of the telecast to three hours. To honor all 24 award categories, six to eight categories will be presented live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks. The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast. Selected categories will be rotated each year. The Academy will collaborate with the show producer(s) to select these categories.
The Board of Governors also voted to move up the date of the 92nd Oscars telecast to Sunday, February 9, 2020, from the previously announced February 23. The date change in the timeline will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process.
The key dates for the 2019 awards season are as follows:
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Governors Awards
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - Nominations voting opens
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - Nominations voting closes
Monday, January 13, 2020 - Oscar Nominations Announcement
Monday, January 27, 2020 - Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - Finals voting opens
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - Finals voting closes
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 92nd Oscars
Starting in 2020, the Scientific and Technical Awards will move to June, as the technologies honored do not represent achievements within a specific awards year.
The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.