Oscars Adding Category For 'Popular Film'

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has approved a few new details for the Oscars ceremony... first of which, the show will be cut down to three hours. The Academy is also changing the date at which the ceremony will air on TV. And the third, and probably the most controversial detail, is the addition of a new category...

82nd Annual Academy Awards - "Meet The Oscars" New York

The Academy Awards has struggled with how to balance blockbusters and more obvious “Oscar movies” ever since The Dark Knight, arguably the greatest superhero movie of all-time, wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. (In response, the category went from five possible nominations to 10.) Best Popular Picture (or whatever) is a way for the Academy to honor comic book and action films, like Avengers: Infinity War and Mission: Impossible — Fallout, that might be otherwise overlooked everywhere but the technical categories. 

But the “eligibility requirements and other key details” wording begs a lot of questions, like can Black Panther be up for both Best Picture and Best Popular Picture? And: can Suicide Squad be nominated again, so it can win another Oscar?



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