The Academy just added a ‘popular film’ category to the Oscars

The Academy just added a ‘popular film’ category to the Oscars

The Academy just added a ‘popular film’ category to the Oscars

But it's the creation of a new "popular film" category that's stirring outrage among Academy voters and forcing yet another hard conversation about race in Hollywood, reports CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers.

Superhero movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, the top two grossing films of the year so far in the USA, could be in the Oscar race. "Otherwise known as the white people's choice awards". So the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced some changes, including a new category: most popular film.

The Academy is still working out details like what qualifies as "popular". Now, the Academy is trying to win back its audience by adding a new "popular film" category, a shorter broadcast time and an earlier date to the annual ceremony.

In fact, it would definitely not be too much of a leap to think that it was, in fact, Black Panther, a big and colourful superhero blockbuster that became a cultural phenomenon with its celebration of Afro-futurism, which directly prompted the creation of this new category as there would certainly have been a public outcry if it was left off the list of nominations next year.

This is the first in the last 17 years the change in the nominations.

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In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition. Meanwhile, historical dramas like "12 Years a Slave", "Argo" and "The King's Speech" have had little trouble scoring the Academy's premiere award in recent years.

An anonymous member of the Academy's film editing branch told The Hollywood Reporter that if, as expected, technical awards are dropped, it would be "demeaning" to those who work behind the scenes.

There are exceptions, of course, like when "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won Best Picture in 2003, or win "Annie Hall" did the same in 1977.

The addition of the popular film category, a clear effort to attract a larger audience to the ABC broadcast by honoring bigger and more seen films, led many to wonder whether a film like "Black Panther" would be ineligible for best picture and relegated to the popular film award because of its size and success, or lead to inadvertent segmenting by film academy voters.

Plus, there's the whole "popular films should already be nominated" argument. This year's telecast, hosted by Jimmy Kemmel, which was nearly four-hour long, dropped to an all-time low of 19 percent from the previous year to just 26.5 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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