– by Joseph Jammer Medina

So how about those potential Oscar changes? If you missed our reports from yesterday, there may be some changes coming to the Academy Awards as early as next year (though we’ll see if they manage). Among those changes is recording certain parts of the ceremony, cutting them down, and airing them later in the show so that it moves along faster, and perhaps the biggest aspect, the “Popular Film” category.

It looks like Disney and ABC are at least partially responsible for pushing the Academy to make these changes, and they pushed onto the leaders of the Academy that they were facing irrelevance if they didn’t change something soon.

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This past awards show dropped 19% from 2017’s awards show, and was a 39% drop from 2014’s show, which was considered the peak of recent years. Numbers across the many demographics were down, but they were especially bad in the 18-34-year-old demo, which dropped 29% from 2017 and 56% from 2014.

This whole deal affects ABC quite a bit, since it’s the only big network not to have an NFL package. With that in mind, the Oscars are one of their big events, so it makes sense that they’re pushing to make these changes.

But will this be enough, or will viewers like us see this move as nothing more than a transparent ploy to reel in viewers and simply not tune in? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.