They’ve changed their minds.
A number of weeks ago we reported that The Oscars had introduced a brand new category that would be in effect for the 92nd Academy Awards.
The ceremony will take place in February, and it was expected that it would debut an award for ‘achievement in popular film.’
The purpose of the new category was to celebrate movies which are blockbuster hits but may not necessarily tick the boxes to win anything else.
Vox reported that following criticism of the decision to introduce the category, the Academy have decided not to go ahead with it, claiming the proposal “merits further study”.
In a statement put out on Friday, CEO of the Academy Dawn Hudson said that: “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.
“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.”
Academy Awards has just announced it's not bringing in the 'popular film' Oscar for the 2019 awards as it 'merits further study'.
Meanwhile, telecast moved to 9 February and has been shortened to three hours long: pic.twitter.com/uHRf74JwcJ
— Aoife Barry (@sweetoblivion26) September 6, 2018
They also stated that certain categories will be presented “during commercial breaks (categories to be determined). The winning moments will then be edited and aired later in the broadcast.”
Although that may seem a bit harsh, there are no signs of them changing their minds on that one just yet.