NME Festival blog: The Academy say new popular film Oscar needs ‘further study’ and won’t feature in 2019 ceremony

The new award was met with some criticism when it was announced earlier this year

The Academy has announced the new popular film Oscar will not feature in 2019’s ceremony because it needs “further study”.

The new category recognising “outstanding achievement in popular film” was announced earlier this year. It was met by much criticism from fans, actors and industry figures, with many calling the decision “elitist”.

In a press release, the Academy confirmed it would not be introducing the category in time for the upcoming event. “There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognise the need for further discussion with our members,” Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO, said. “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.”

The Academy also noted introducing a new category nine months into the year would create “challenges for films that have already been released.”

Other changes to the Oscars will still go ahead as planned, including shortening the length of the telecast to three hours and presenting “six to eight categories” during commercial breaks. Edited clips of those categories will be aired later in the broadcast.

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24. The nominations will be announced on January 22.

No criteria for voting in the new Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film category have been confirmed at present. It has, however, been confirmed that a movie can be nominated for both the new award and Best Picture.

Meanwhile, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born has already been tipped for Oscars success next year. Variety called it an “across-the-board Oscar contender”, while Talkhouse said it had the hallmarks of an “instant classic”.


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