Oscars Backpedals on Popular Film Category Idea, Says More Discussion is Needed

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will pull back on the decision to include the “Oustanding Achievement in Popular Film” category in the 91st Academy Awards ceremony in 2019, and this comes one month after the category was created.

The Academy acknowledged in a press release shared yesterday that implementing a new award mere months before the 2019 nominations are announced in January was not the best plan, adding that its Board of Governors “continues to be actively engaged in discussions, and will examine and seek additional input regarding this category.”

“We recognize the need for further discussion with our members,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson continues in the release. “We have made changes over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years.”

See the statement below.

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