The Oscars Add A “Popular Film” Award
This is the first time the academy has added a new category since 2001.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that puts on the Oscars, has announced a new category: Achievement in “popular film.”
This is the first time a new category has been introduced since 2001, when the academy added best animated feature. It appears that it is supposed to honor crowd-pleasing box office hits that sometimes get left out out of awards considerations, like superhero movies.
People already do not seem happy about the change:
Breaking my vacation Twitter fast for my one comment on this dumbass Best Popular Movie Oscar: pic.twitter.com/5mSEKKHlgu
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) August 8, 2018
And the Oscar for Best Achievement in Pandering goes to … https://t.co/2U0uRZEh59
— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) August 8, 2018
Just give Black Panther ‘Best Picture’ you cowards. https://t.co/RZFnKlyvQW
— Dan Olson (@FoldableHuman) August 8, 2018
So wait. The Oscar’s have a category for movies that keep SOME of them separate. But…equal…to the others?
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) August 9, 2018
The academy also announced they are shortening the telecast to three hours in order to deliver “a more accessible Oscars for our viewers worldwide.” Last year’s Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, was almost four hours long.
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