The Academy of Motion Picture Arts says it’s reconsidering rolling out a brand new “popular” class for the Oscars, and placing the transfer on ice for 2019 … and possibly endlessly.
The AMPA stated Thursday that the bemoaned class of “Best Achievement in Popular Film” deserves additional examine … and it gained’t be occurring for the 2019 award present. As you’ll recall … the backlash to the announcement final month was swift and fierce, with cinephiles calling it the loss of life of the Academy Awards and easily a method to pander to scores.
The Academy’s CEO, Dawn Hudson, says … “There has been a variety of reactions to the introduction of a brand new award, and we acknowledge the necessity for additional dialogue with our members.” She continued, “We have made adjustments to the Oscars over time—together with this 12 months—and we are going to proceed to evolve whereas additionally respecting the unimaginable legacy of the final 90 years.”
We’ll take this a step additional and predict this implies the “popular” class won’t ever see the sunshine of day, particularly after folks cease speaking about it when the 2019 present’s over. Once the thrill dies down, our cash’s on the Academy by no means shifting to reinstate it.
In different phrases — sorry, superhero films … you’ll need to combat for a Best Picture nod like everybody else.