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Source: WTTV

That New Popular Film Category At The Oscars Might Not Be Happening After Widespread Backlash

By Mark LoProto

Who says public outcry doesn’t work?

Shortly after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it would be adding a “Popular Film” category to its annual Oscars, the Twitterverse responded with ire. The new category's reveal came in early August and appeared to be the Academy’s attempt at rectifying the 2018 production’s low ratings.

However, on Sept. 6, the Academy released a statement confirming it would be holding off on the “Popular Film” category, stating, “[We] recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released.” 

Based on the statement, the Academy will be seeking “additional input” as to whether the category will be implemented for the 92nd annual ceremony in 2020.