Academy Postpones the Popular Film Oscars Category

The backlash and lack of clarity of the Popular Film category at the Oscars has led the Academy to put it on hiatus.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced that they are postponing the inaugural Best Popular Film award. Not much was known about what films would qualify for the category or what the restrictions and regulations would be.

A lot of us who respect the Oscars and follow it dearly year after year are sighing with relief. I was not alone in my disgust with the Academy when they made the announcement of separating the box office hits and the rest of the pack with this new category. The point of the Academy Awards is to judge all of the films for their merits, not draw a line between box office success and failure. And I think I speak for a lot of others when I say that I hope this category gets postponed in perpetuity.

The other big change-up this year was the announcement that the show would be shortened to a strict three hour time limit. There was no mention of changing this with the announcement of postponing the Popular Film category. This is another new deal I’m not down with. Not giving winners or nominees the proper respect in categories that aren’t in the top categories is not fair, and is in many ways demeaning. I hope the Academy comes back on that decision as well.

The 91st Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th of next year.

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