ABC Reportedly “Recommended” Oscar Changes, Including Adding Popular Film Category

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made sweeping changes to the Oscars telecast earlier today, to widespread dismay. But there’s a man behind the curtain, so to speak, and it’s ABC. Indeed, the Academy’s changes—including adding a “Best Popular Film” category and removing certain awards from the telecast so that it’s shorter—seemed to be a desperate play to gain more viewers. But new reporting suggests the Academy themselves were pressured by none other than ABC. Variety reports that Disney-ABC executives had a sit down with leaders of the Academy after March’…

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