The Oscars reversed their decision to introduce a Popular Movie category.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy will not be adding the new category after all. Initially, it was supposed to be rolled out in the upcoming 91st awards ceremony in 2019.
Academy CEO Dawn Hudson released a statement that the negative reactions to the new category played a role in the holding of the changes.
“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.”
I know the world's on fire but we're gonna talk Oscars for a bit. Here's the press release consigning the "best popular film" award to "further study"–a tacit acknowledgment that the fact that it was announced with no parameters was a huge failure of process. pic.twitter.com/wgsIS9j5Mq
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 6, 2018
This could be due to the uproar over the Academy not announcing the guidelines for the award. Are the movies determined based on box gross? Is the movie a people choice award?
Mark Wahlberg thought many of his films would have been up for an Oscar if the award was in place.
“Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” the Mile 22 star told Variety. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety. We make films that we want people to enjoy and if we get those kind of accolades, fantastic. If not, we make the movies for audiences to enjoy.”