The Oscars Just Made Some Major Changes, And Twitter Is Furious

Diply 9 Aug 2018

Every year, millions of us around the world tune in to watch the rich celebrate the rich— er, I mean, the Oscars. Millions of us tune in to watch the Oscars.

Even though it's one of the most widely-recognized television broadcasts, viewership hit an all-time low last year. As a result, the Academy is switching things up in a pretty major way.

I'm not afraid to admit that the only reason I watch the Oscars is for the drama and funny tweets.

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I mean, if there are no quality memes to come from the event, what was the point of it all?

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I'll be the first to admit, as horrible as that whole Best Picture mix-up was, I kind of hope something that dramatic happens again.

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I mean, it really spiced things up, that's all I'm saying here.

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I mean, sure, maybe some of you watch the ceremony to see which movies and actors are worthy of a shiny gold statue.

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And that's fine, too, I guess.

It's not as fun, but it's fine.

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Don't get me wrong, all I ever wanted in 2016 was for Leo to win that Oscar.

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But still, that's definitely not why I watch year after year.

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Even though it's August and the Oscars aren't happening until 2019, there's a lot of preparation that goes into planning these things.

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And they just announced a few big changes that we can all anticipate going forward.

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First of all, some of the awards will be handed out during commercial breaks, with the goal of making the televised ceremony just three hours long.

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As somebody with an early bedtime, I can appreciate this change, especially because last year's ceremony lasted nearly four hours and I didn't make it.

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Fun fact: The number of categories have changed a bit over the years, but there are a grand total of 3,048 Oscars that have ever been given out.

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They also announced that in 2020, the show will air earlier in the month (on February 9th) instead of the 2019 air date of February 23rd.

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Their biggest and definitely most controversial announcement was the addition of a brand-new category for which films could be nominated and receive an award.

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Viewers can now expect to see films nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film," and although eligibility requirements have yet to be announced, Twitter had a lot of emotions about this decision.

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First of all, some people are angry that awards will be handed out during commercial breaks.

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One Twitter user said that it "cheapens" the work that these filmmakers and actors do, and he has a fair point there.

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Another suggested that if they cut out the gimmicks that nobody really cares about, they would have more time to give out actual Oscars...at THE OSCARS.

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What a concept.

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But most people are upset about the fact that they're handing out awards to popular films and completely ignoring other categories.

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There's never any love for stunt work, choreography, motion capture performances, or voice actors, according to Twitter.

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Some people think that this new category is a cop-out and a way to hand out awards to popular movies that should be nominated for the Best Picture Award instead.

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But it's widely known that box-office successes rarely receive Oscars if they have anything to do with science fiction or comic books.

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Basically, the general consensus is that these new changes are not a good idea.

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"Who thought this is a good idea? Because that person needs to be fired ASAP," one person tweeted.

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There are the odd few out there who are okay with the changes, and hope that certain timeless classics will finally be recognized.

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I don't care what you guys think — Spice World definitely deserves an Oscar.

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There are even people who honestly want to see The Smurfs win a golden statue.

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...It wasn't that bad of a movie.

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But overall, people don't like change, especially when it only benefits those who are already widely recognized. 

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"This is insulting and disrespectful to the people that work hard on films and think winning an Oscar is an achievement," one person tweeted.

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This leaves many independent filmmakers still hanging in a lot of unnoticed categories.

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Like we said, there are still no categories for things like Best Stunt Work, Best Motion Capture Performance, or Best Casting, and it's a shame.

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Assuming they're still reaching for ratings in the coming years, fans are imagining that they'll end up adding some pretty outrageous categories in the future.

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I mean, it's kind of funny. I'd love to see the "Best Thing That You Can Watch With Your Parents" become a real category.

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That way I wouldn't have to endure that Black Swan embarrassment ever again.

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Real talk though, maybe if people continue to make as much noise as they have, the Academy will listen to what the people actually want one day.

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Until then, anything for the views, right?

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Maybe they should just save themselves the trouble and throw the wrong name in the winner's envelope again.(That's a joke, don't actually do that).

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