It looks like you may have to wait another year for your favorite blockbuster to take home the gold. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy Awards has postponed implementing the new “popular film” category.
No timetable has been announced as to when the category will become a part of the show, just that the idea has been shelved for now. The Academy was met with a mixed reaction when it announced the category last month. Many saw it as a ploy to get general audiences to tune in while others saw it as an attempt to give recognition to films that can’t compete in most categories.
CEO of the Academy, Dawn Hudson, had this to say about the delay:
“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.”
Many saw this year as a prime opportunity for a Marvel film to take home the award with both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War being met with such success. Both movies seemed to check most boxes when discussing a “popular film” so it seemed like a golden opportunity but that is no longer in the cards.
Are you disappointed that the category has been delayed? Let us know in the comments below! –Jackson Hayes