Oscars: The Popular Movie Award Will Further Segregate Movies

The Academy announced some big changes coming to the Oscars very soon with the revelation of a new "Popular" movie category.

As nice as this sounds, it is still segregating big blockbusters from indie movies and further shows how snobby The Academy can be.

Aside from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, big blockbusters rarely get recognized at the Oscars each year in the big categories even though there are worthy candidates.

The biggest snub came when The Dark Knight was ignored for Best Picture and Best Director at the 2009 Academy Awards.

It was as if The Academy purposely did not want to nominate a comic book movie for the more "prestigious" awards.

Due to the snub, The Academy increased its Best Picture count to include up to 10 nominees. Although movies like James Cameron's Avatar got nominated, the awards were still made up of mostly Oscar bait films year in and year out.

Now The Academy are announcing further changes in order to increase viewership to encourage more people to watch the Oscars. You can read The Academy's announcement via Twitter posted down below.

Change is coming to the #Oscars. Here's what you need to know: A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film. We've set an earlier airdate for 2020: mark your calendars for February 9. We're planning a more globally accessible, three-hour telecast.

I like the change to a three hour broadcast mainly because nobody wants to see a four hour long event.

However creating a "popular film" category is just further segregating blockbusters from the big awards. Giving them their own category won't be changing a thing.

Now I'm not saying every blockbuster deserves to be nominated in the "Best Picture" category, but there are movies that should have been nominated.

The Dark Knight was robbed of an opportunity while earlier this year Logan deserved a Best Picture nomination too.

I feel a movie like Black Panther deserves a lot of praise, but I bet you The Academy will just lump it into the "popular" category leaving the normal "Best Picture" category to the usual Oscar bait stuff we see every year.

What really needs to happen is The Academy to further diversify its members to there's a bigger variety of movies that get nominated for the best awards.

Right now, it just seems like the same type of movies get recognized while good comic book movies and blockbusters just get snubbed undeservedly.

I predict Black Panther won't get nominated for the normal "Best Picture" category next year even though it should.

We'll probably see Bohemian Rhapsody get nominated as historical movies always get all the praise at the Oscars.

That's not to take anything away from Bohemian Rhapsody, but it's the only film I can think of that will get nominated next year.

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