No Oscar for "popular" category at next year's Academy Awards

After a discussion with the board of governors on Tuesday, the Academy decided that they will postpone the awards but will still be mulling over the idea


                            No Oscar for "popular" category at next year's Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will not be adding the "popular movie" category on their list of awards and nominations anytime soon. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the introduction of the category is being pushed back and will not be introduced in the upcoming 91st Academy Awards that is set to be held on February 24.

After a discussion with the board of governors on Tuesday, the Academy decided that they will postpone the awards but will still be mulling over the idea and "will examine and seek additional input regarding the new category." The statement said that the addition of the category had "created challenges for films that have already been released." There has been no announcements as to when the category will be introduced. 

Overview of the Oscar statue at 'Meet the Oscars' at the Time Warner Center on February 25, 2010 in New York City.
Overview of the Oscar statue at 'Meet the Oscars' at the Time Warner Center on February 25, 2010 in New York City.

"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. 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," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson on Thursday, September 6.

The Academy had announced last month that they would be introducing a new category that will be allotted for "outstanding achievement in popular film." While details on the eligibility criteria were yet to be announced, it was the first time that the Oscars had introduced a new category since its best-animated film category in 2001. Reports had also announced that this category would debut in the upcoming awards. 

According to The Guardian, the move was seen as a way for the Oscars to reach out to a wider audience. The 90th Academy Awards had the lowest viewership in its history. In 2009, the best picture nomination had included up to 10 nominees in order to bring in bigger blockbusters in its fold, marking the Oscar nominations for movies like 'Avatar', 'Inception', 'The Martian', 'Gravity', and 'Toy Story 3'. Many had hoped that including the popular movies would mean that some of the DC and Marvel blockbusters would get an entry to the Oscars, like 'Black Panther' which was a phenomenal success.