Well, that didn’t last long. Less than a month after announcing a brand new category to be presented at next year’s Oscars, the Academy has removed Best Popular Film. Not a surprise, given the backlash the decision received by Hollywood and beyond.
“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,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said. “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.”
Just because the controversial category won’t be included this year doesn’t mean it won’t worm its way back in future years. Hudson added the category “merits further study” and may be introduced at a future Oscars broadcast.
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