The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they’re scrapping the “Popular Film” category for now, due to it needing “further study.” Originally, they intended to bring in the category for the 91st Academy Awards, but chose not to, probably due to the derision from popular entertainers.
The Academy stated the introduction of the new category nine months into the year presents “challenges for films that have already been released.” The CEO of the Academy, Dawn Hudson, admitted there exists a wide range of reactions and responses to their decision to introduce the category.
Clearly, they got ahead of themselves, and have chosen to further deliberate the issue among their members. Moving forward, the Oscars will shorten the broadcast to three hours.
In between commercial breaks at the Dolby Theatre, 24 award categories will be presented by the host, with six to eight of them being live. As it was previously reported, the Academy was hit hard by critics, including Rob Lowe, among many others.
In fact, some outlets claimed that the reaction was, for the most part, “universally negative.” However, that isn’t exactly the case; one actor who supported the idea was Mark Walhberg.
In a conversation with Variety for the premiere of Mile 22 in LA, the actor said that if the category had been created before, “we’d have won a couple of them.”
As fans of the actor know, Mark has made appearances in several highly successful films, including Ted, Transformers: The Last Knight, Daddy’s Home, and others.
Regardless of the category, Mark said he and the rest of the team love making movies for themselves as well as the audiences. Mark received an Academy Award nomination for his part in The Departed, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. The Departed eventually won the Oscar for Best Picture.