New Popular Film Oscars Category Dropped by Academy

In a not truly surprising move, the Academy of Motion Pictures has chosen to drop the newly minted "popular film" category from the 91st Annual Academy Awards oscars ceremony.

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The announcement initially of this new category was met with outright disbelief by many in the industry; why the need to present such a one-sided award when the ceremony is meant to celebrate the best achievements in cinema over the year, not the 'most popular'.

Following a meeting of the board of governors, the new category will NOT be introduced at the upcoming Oscars. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said:

"There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members. We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years."

Chadwick Boseman, star of Disney's record-breaking Black Panther, commented on the situation recently, unhappy (as most fans were) that the category was seen as a possible attempt to pull the film from Best Picture contention.

"A good movie is a good movie and clearly it doesn't matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be 'a good movie' [in the minds of Academy members] because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [which have tended in recent years to not be blockbusters] wouldn't get nominated; and if it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter on both sides." The actor adds, "For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty."


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