The Oscars will get a "popular film" category

The Oscars Will Be Adding A New Category To Honor ‘Popular’ Movies

The Academy Awards is getting a new category. It also wasn't specified whether it would be added for the 91st Academy Awards this February.

"Here's the ten highest-grossing films, when accounting for inflation aka America's most "popular" films," Palotta wrote.

Fans of this year's superhero sensation "Black Panther", from Disney's Marvel Studios, have been arguing that it deserves a best picture nomination.

The Academy could have waited to see the impact on the best picture race from its push to diversify its membership, Willmore said.

Films like "Titanic", "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", and "Forrest Gump" ruled the box office in their respective years and also earned best picture awards.

The Academy has a long reputation of snubbing hit films whose genres aren't usually considered Oscar material. On the other hand, it could run the risk of cheapening the idea of what the Academy Awards are in the first place and could wind up closer in tone, at least in part, to something like the MTV Movie Awards.

There are some big changes in store at the Oscars.


Last night cinematographer John Bailey was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organization's Board of Governors. This will be accomplished by "present [ing] select categories live, in the Dolby Theatre, during commercial breaks (categories to be determined)".

Lastly, the statement mentions plans for "a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast", which would suggest that several minor categories are set to be cut from the live televised broadcast. Eligibility requirements for the popular film category will be forthcoming.

But the 2020 telecast, which was planned for February 23, will now move to February 9.

Australia's Logie Awards wrestle with a similar issue, in that they have two groups of categories, one voted by the audience, and the other voted by juries of industry professionals.

Oscars 2019 is scheduled for February 24.

This is especially interesting as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never won an Oscar - embarrassingly, despite Suicide Squad grabbing a Best Makeup and Hairstyling gong past year - but that could very well change with this new award category.

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