Academy realizes it probably should have workshopped its Popular Oscar idea

Following widespread backlash to its introduction of a new “Outstanding Popular Film” category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that it will pull back on the decision to include the category in the 91st Academy Awards ceremony in 2019. It will be holding off from implementing it in the future, pending further input and examination.

Citing “challenges for films that have already been released” and “a wide range of reactions” to last month’s announcement, the Academy acknowledged in a press release that implementing a new award mere months before the 2019 nominations are announced in January was probably not the best plan. Its Board of Governors “continues to be actively engaged in discussions, and will…

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