Oscars: Academy to add achievement in popular film category

The Oscars’ new ‘popular film’ award proves it’s out-of-touch and elitist

The Oscars’ new ‘popular film’ award proves it’s out-of-touch and elitist

Obviously, this is the largest adjustment announced, and also the funniest. The Academy Awards broadcast has been facing some troubles as of late.

Following four years of decline in terms of TV ratings, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has announced a series of change to make Oscars' night more accessible and streamlined.

Among the changes is to present fewer categories live. The Hollywood Reporter reported that "a single film is eligible for an Oscar in both categories- Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film and the Academy Award for Best Picture". The telecast is an important showcase for the film industry, and nominated movies typically attract a new wave of ticket buyers.

As it stands, however, the Best Popular Film category appears to be highly subjective in definition. It also means that the film with the most first place votes doesn't always win Best Picture.

The Academy could have waited to see the impact on the best picture race from its push to diversify its membership, Willmore said. The following year, the category was widened from five nominees to ten.

We'll address points 1 and 3 in a bit, but it's point 2 - the new category for popular film - that's getting people talking today. The MTV Movie Awards?

The news was announced in a statement to voters on Wednesday morning.

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The Academy is basically making a kid's table award.

But times have changed. Others anxious that the creation of the new category would effectively ruin Black Panther's chance at Best Picture.

"Biases the Academy has had for years are falling apart", she continued. In addition, some winners will now be announced during commercial breaks, then edited for airing later in the broadcast (Something the Grammys has been doing). But recent years have seen some of the year's top-grossing films either earn awards exclusively in technical categories or get shut out of the Oscars completely. Sound mixers and composers got to have their moment at the Academy Awards.

The Academy has made this promise before, of course.

Now, it appears as if the Academy is changing things up once again.

"I started to look at some of the articles written about it, and there's so much anger", she said, surprised.

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