This week The Academy announced significant changes to future Oscars that will drastically alter the award show. First, the program will be cut down to last only three hours — a response to past backlash about the ceremony running too long. However, the most important (and confusing) change is the addition of a new category: Popular Film.
So what the hell does it mean to be an Academy Award-winning Popular Film? No one knows yet. But these are my guesses for potential winners:
- Any Michael Bay film with a weak plot that involves robots and grossed ten trillion dollars opening weekend
- Comedies, since The Academy refuses to recognize them as real and significant pieces of art
- A movie that has cultural significance and touches on hard-hitting topics like race, sexuality, or the current political climate but will lose in the Best Picture category to a film about starving artists who fall in love (both white)
- A film with an all female cast
- An animated film that also definitely won't be nominated for or win Best Picture
- The Academy will resurrect The Artist and it will win every category again and a new Jack Russell Terrier will run on stage and do a back-flip
- A Woody Allen film
What the hell do you think a Popular Film is?
Brittany K. King is a Chicago-based writer and founder of Film Daddy. She spends most of her time avoiding saying the word ‘gyro’ out loud.
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