Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

"Second-class": Oscars blasted for creating new "popular film" category

The Oscars are adding a "popular film" category and shortening the broadcast to a maximum 3 hours in 2019. It's not unrealistic to say that people watching at home might care more for the Best Actor award, as opposed to something like Best Film Editing. On Monday night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they would be making changes to the Oscars.

The Academy is so obviously trying to pander to general audiences who don't particularly care for the usual Oscar fare, but rather than opening their minds to the many blockbuster films that have legitimate passion and creativity behind their production, it is all lumped together into a lackluster category honoring the "best in popular film".

In 2009, it expanded the number of best picture nominees from five to 10 in a bid to open up the competition. The Academy already has the Best Picture category.

In the world of cinema, there is no honor bigger than getting an Oscar.

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

"There's a lot of reasons to believe that would have shaken up the hidebound ideas of what an Oscar movie is", she said. 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.

"It truly is something that in the year Black Panther, a movie made just about entirely by and with black people, grosses $700 million, the Academy's reaction is, 'We need to invent something separate.but equal, ' " he tweeted. Including past winners that are blockbuster films like Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Personally, I'm not sold, not unless we see a film being recognized in both the Popular category as well as the traditional ones like Best Picture, because otherwise this is nothing more than a fool's gold consolation prize.

Although the 2018 Oscars hit an all-time low in TV ratings, it's worth noting that those numbers reflect a broader trend in live TV: the Super Bowl, the Grammys, the Emmys and the Olympics all reported declines in viewership this year.

Race issues have overshadowed the Oscars for years.

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