Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Rob Lowe Slams New 'Popular Film' Category for Oscars

Oscars to create new award for popular movies, cut TV ceremony to three hours Academy Announces Major Changes to Oscars 2020
Adrian Cunningham | 13 August, 2018, 02:27

Recently, the organizers of the award announced a new category in which the films will contest in the film Best Popular Film Category.

The Academy did not provide details on which flicks would qualify for the category ("eligibility requirements and other key details will be forthcoming", it said in a letter to its members), which sounds problematic already.

Venturing into unfamiliar territory can lead to some great decisions with long shelf lives, but the Oscars seem to have taken it a bit too far by announcing several new changes to the Oscar ceremonies, starting in 2020.

The Oscars are not what they once were. This means that movies like Marvel's Black Panther will actually now be up for more than just the technical awards.

The Academy could have waited to see the impact on the best picture race from its push to diversify its membership, Willmore said. With the introduction of this new Popular Movie category, you'd think that film buffs would be happy about this right?

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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 award has also honored lesser-known films like Spotlight and The Shape of Water.

"The Best Popular Film Oscar is not something to strive for; it's an insult", the site adds.

In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition. Wall-E, Inside Out, and Coco have been critically acclaimed but were passed over for Best Picture. The film, directed by Ryan Coogler, had been tipped for nominations in the more traditional Oscars categories, such as Best Picture, but many fans now fear that it will be sidelined.

Supposedly, The Oscars a ceremony to honor all aspects of the film industry.

Runtime is a frequent criticism of the glitzy awards show, vexing hosts, and producers as they try year after year to keep the ceremony to a palatable length and often using the orchestra to play winners off the stage.