As Hollywood enthusiasts know, the Academy’s decision to introduce the Best Popular Film category has been met with much derision by those in the industry. In fact, some publications have reported that the reception has been “universally negative,” due to the notion that it appears to be for the ratings only.
One vocal naysayer is Rob Lowe, who tweeted that the decision was a part of the Academy’s fall into oblivion. The primary criticism of the category is that they’re merely doing it to improve the ceremony’s declining ratings.
Mark Wahlberg, however, is one of the few actors who has openly supported it. During a chat with Variety at the premiere for Mile 22 in Los Angeles, the actor said if the category had been introduced before, “we’d have won a couple of them.”
As you may know, Mark is one of Hollywood’s top actors, appearing in action and comedy movies like Ted, Daddy’s Home, and Transformers: The Last Knight.
But it isn’t just about the accolades, the actor remarked, “we make the movies for audiences to enjoy.” As you may know, Walhberg has received two Academy Award nominations: one for his role in The Departed – which won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Ronda Rousey, who also has a role in Mark’s latest movie, enjoys the idea as a category as well; “I might have a shot,” she said. Rousey joked that, at last, she’s running for an Academy Award.
As it was previously reported, Ronda has been active in films lately and even has hopes that Quentin Tarantino will give her a chance to star as Kiddo’s child in the Kill Bill movies.
Quentin, who is busy working on his latest anticipated production, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, hasn’t commented. But she may have a shot, considering Quentin loves creating careers for up and coming performers; just look at Samuel L Jackson.