Oscars set to change


But the announcement of the Popular Film Oscar has put Black Panther at a disadvantage of sorts, because now the film risks having a reputation of "not being good enough" to compete with "real films", despite all of its success.

In an official letter sent to the Academy members, one of the reason cited for the change was, "We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world". Awards will go during the commercial breaks, and the most interesting moments then give the broadcast in the record. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will now honor the most "popular film" of the year. "Popular films" are often the mainstream smash hits that resonate with the general audience but not so much with Academy voters, creating a sharp divide between voters and viewers in the process. They believe people will just adjust to the changes over time.

There are exceptions, of course, like when "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won Best Picture in 2003, or win "Annie Hall" did the same in 1977.

A number of people online openly complained about the announcement, with many feeling it's a preemptive means to appease fans of blockbuster films like Black Panther while still not giving it full recognition.

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The Oscars have had a long history of passing over blockbuster films such as superhero movies and animated films, only putting those movies in the technical categories and not the categories with high honors like Best Picture.

Plus, there's the whole "popular films should already be nominated" argument. "They initially tried to do something similar about a decade ago when they extended the amount of Best Picture nominees from 5 to 10, because of the uproar when popular movies like "WALL-E" and "The Dark Knight" were being excluded from Best Picture nominations".

"Personally, I think the idea of a Popular Film category is laughable", Zanzie said. This year's ceremony took place on March 9, 2018.