September 7, 2018
Oscars’ Popular Film Award Was “Adamantly Opposed” By Laura Dern & Steven Spielberg During Board Discussions
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans for a new Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film category for their Oscars telecast, film fans cried foul. There were immediate, and mostly harsh, reactions that followed, dubbing the move as the dilution of the Academy Awards and saying the new category was a glorified popularity contest. Suffice to say, people weren’t pleased. Well, people other than Mark Wahlberg.
So, with the news yesterday that the Academy was backtracking on its new category to allow for further discussion, film fans saw it as a win.