The Oscars introduces new ‘popular film’ category

Lawrence Kim
August 9, 2018

Others blasted the academy with insults, calling the new changes "inane" and those who made them "cowards", while "Lord of the Rings" veteran Elijah Wood simply tweeted, "Best Popular Film? oof".

It's among three changes approved on Tuesday by the Academy's board of governors. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the film academy said the off-air winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast.

Wednesday's letter did not give details of the new category recognizing popular film, saying those would come later.

The film academy is also shifting the date for the 92nd Academy Awards to earlier in the year. They argue the change "will not affect awards eligibility dates or the voting process".

Next year's Oscars will take place Sunday, February 24, 2019.

We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world.

We'll wait on more details about the proposed category, but meanwhile, I'm still holding out for a category that finally recognizes stunt performance in film. The broadcast typically runs close to four hours, with last year's clocking in at 3 hours and 53 minutes. Let us know down below! Even comedy films were once nominated!

One final change was also announced.

Oscar statues are seen backstage during the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. And while plenty of award shows have seen ratings decline, Variety reports that none suffered almost this badly.

There will soon be a new Oscar statuette up for grabs - "best popular film". Might as well just call it the Disney/Marvel category. Future winners include whichever Star War was released in a calendar year.

One person wrote, "I stopped watching the Oscars in the last two years because I'm sick of celebrities wagging their fingers at me, and lecturing me on how I should think and how I should live my life".

- A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film. It's a Participation Award for the general populous; a poo-pooing of popcorn/multiplex fare that actually keeps the industry alive. For instance, this might have done more to hurt "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015) and "Get Out" (2017) than help them. How about best fist fight?

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