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Oscars postpone controversial new 'Popular Film' category


The Academy has announced their decision to postpone the introduction of their planned ‘Popular Film’ category.

The new section, which was set to be introduced at the 91st Academy Awards show in February 2019, was outlined to recognise work for “outstanding achievement in popular film.”

However, after a wave of criticism, the board have announced their decision to put its introduction on hold.

“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,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson.

“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.”