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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences adds a new Oscar category: Best Popular Film

In an effort to combat declining ratings for the annual ABC broadcast, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences added a new category: best popular film. How will the Academy decide what criteria defines a "popular" film? Will it be a matter of box office or budget?

Will there be a committee that will arbitrate any close calls? Will studios be able to lobby to argue for a film’s popularity, and, conversely, can they decline a “popular” designation if they decide they don’t want a given film like, say, Black Panther, relegated to what some might regard as the kids’ table? The immediate reaction to the idea made it sound anything but popular.

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