Oscars To Include New Category For Popular Films

Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours

The Academy is so obviously trying to pander to general audiences who don't particularly care for the usual Oscar fare, but rather than opening their minds to the many blockbuster films that have legitimate passion and creativity behind their production, it is all lumped together into a lackluster category honoring the "best in popular film". So the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced some changes, including a new category: most popular film. Disney-ABC executives have spent the last few years pushing the Academy to make some changes that they feel would potentially make the broadcast more exciting. With the introduction of this new Popular Movie category, you'd think that film buffs would be happy about this right? Personally, I'm not sold, not unless we see a film being recognized in both the Popular category as well as the traditional ones like Best Picture, because otherwise this is nothing more than a fool's gold consolation prize. This year's ceremony took place on March 9, 2018. It's an excuse for the Academy to throw highly-acclaimed box office hits into a category that Academy voters know would never get a Best Picture nomination *cough Black Panther cough*.

The Academy said it will trim the duration of the Oscars ceremony by handing out some awards during commercial breaks. Honoring only some defeats the goal of a once great award show.

The Oscars will also be changing the date and time of the broadcast to have wider appeal to a TV audience that has been rapidly dwindling year on year, but it's really this new category that is the big deal here.

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Oscar viewership is often tied to the box-office muscle of the big nominees. "If a movie is truly great, then it should be eligible for Best Picture".

Gregory Ellwood, the editor-at-large of The Playlist, noted that in the past decade there have been a significant number of $100 million-plus earners nominated for best picture, like "Gravity", "Dunkirk", "GASAt Out", "Toy Story 3", "The Help", and the "The Revenant", and some of which went on to win, like "Argo", "The King's Speech", and "Slumdog Millionaire". They believe people will just adjust to the changes over time. It has faced loads of backlash from the Academy's lack of diversity when it comes to the films nominated which at best has slightly (but not significantly) improved.

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