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Oscars Won’t Televise All Awards, Adds Popular Film Category

By The Hollywood Reporter

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  • This is a classic bandaid. If there is an issue with the Oscars then look at the whole thing rather than add a random popularity award. What does it solve? It dilutes the Oscars ... is this n mtv audience choice award in disguise?

  • Ernie Sander
    Ernie SanderDirector of Platform Community at Quartz

    I can think of a bunch of new awards that would actually be fun and interesting (best stunt, best scene, best cameo, etc). But 'outstanding achievement in popular film' is ridiculous. Isn't that why we have the box office? To validate what people already like?

    This will just add to the Oscars' boredom factor.

  • Wow, this is reactionary and awful.A new category for "popular film" is so short-sighted and backwards. And it fundamentally sidesteps the problems infecting the Oscars: the type of politicking popularized by Harvey Weinstein, and the production-by-Wall-Street that dictates what kinds of movies are getting made, and for whom, and for what markets. The Oscars aren't a popularity contest, and to position them as such is, frankly, ridiculous and antithetical to the stated mission of the Academy. We

    Wow, this is reactionary and awful.A new category for "popular film" is so short-sighted and backwards. And it fundamentally sidesteps the problems infecting the Oscars: the type of politicking popularized by Harvey Weinstein, and the production-by-Wall-Street that dictates what kinds of movies are getting made, and for whom, and for what markets. The Oscars aren't a popularity contest, and to position them as such is, frankly, ridiculous and antithetical to the stated mission of the Academy. We already have the Golden Globes.

    And then there's the pace-of-show changes that are equally misguided. Instead of moving certain categories to be awarded between commercial breaks, maybe the Academy should cut out all the stuff between awards presentations (performances, montages, clip reels, skits, gags, product placement) that 1) no one cares about and 2) drags the show out to interminable length.

    I get that the Academy needs all the money that comes from the Oscars telecast, but these moves reek of desperation and a kind of giving up on what the AMPAS claims to stand for. No movie fan should be happy about this, and anyone who works in Hollywood should be outraged.

  • There is already a most popular award. It’s call money.

  • James Randorff
    James RandorffMusician, Instructor at US Navy

    Chorus: It's the First Annual Montgomery Burns Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence!

    Lisa: This award is the biggest farce I ever saw.

    Bart: What about the Emmys?

    Lisa: I stand corrected.

  • Hayley Miller
    Hayley MillerAccount Manager/Editor at Idea Booth

    It’s clear that the intent here is to capture the attention of the audience who see the top box office hits and not necessarily the stand out, award winning type of movies. The problem is that that isn’t what the Oscars are about. I’m all for shortening the show - but keep its intent. It’s about artistry, not box office buzz. I’ll be interested to see what the ratings look like.

  • Dr. Roxanne Seigel
    Dr. Roxanne Seigel

    IDC (I don’t care). Hollywood long ago lost my interest and respect.

  • Philip Keever
    Philip Keever

    Hey Hollywood - want more viewers? Then shut up about politics! Just like the NFL, I don’t watch your show & only go to movies with stars I respect or that keep their mouths shut about politics.

    We used to go to movies to get away from world problems & try to be entertained, but you folks do everything you can to bring all of today’s issues right back in our faces (DeNiro - F _ _ _ Trump!). Who needs that?

  • Andrew Ricketts
    Andrew Ricketts

    Black Panther bout to win a Oscar y’all

  • They got 26 million people to watch a ridiculous awards ceremony. So what if the total’s down? They’re lucky anybody watches at all. Just nominate Black Panther for Best Picture, keep the broadcast to three hours, and go home happy. Why is there all this existential angst over an awards show?

  • Garrett Dalton
    Garrett DaltonReal Estate Agent at UNAH Realty

    Oscars are dead anyway

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