Academy’s new Oscar category aimed to boost ratings gets backlash instead

Many people agreed that a shorter ceremony would be best for attracting more viewers, but creating a ‘most popular’ film award received a deluge of criticism.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to boost viewer numbers—even if it means making filmmakers and fans angry.

On Wednesday, the organization announced a few changes for its 2019 ceremony:

Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here’s what you need to know:

— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 8, 2018

The moves are the Academy’s effort to appease Disney-ABC, which has been pushing for changes that will increase viewership—especially as the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony received its lowest ratings yet.

Variety reported:

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