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Academy Pumps Brakes on 'Popular Film' Oscar Category

September 06, 2018 - 12:41 pm

(KNX 1070) - The Oscar will not go to the year's most popular film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pumped the brakes on plans to add a "Popular Film" category to this year's Oscar ceremony.

It had intended to add it this year at the 91st Academy Awards on February 24. But now the group says it will re-examine the idea in response to a good deal of negative backlash.

The Academy recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released, according to its press release.

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