When the Academy Awards announced they were going to implement a new category called “Best Popular Film” the move felt like a backhanded gesture and even worse, patronizing. Now the Academy has stated they will be retracting the category.
The organization stated that “while remaining committed to celebrating a wide spectrum of movies,” it recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year “creates challenges for films that have already been released.”
The AMPAS board of governors will continue to be actively engaged in discussions and will be seeking input regarding the category going forward.
“There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.”
While the Academy continues to streamline the award show and adjust with the times, they will do so, for now, without creating another category. What do you think? Should the Academy institute a “Best Popular Film” category or not?