ABC and Disney Reportedly Pushed for New 'Best Popular Film' Oscar

ABC and Disney reportedly pushed for the new Best Popular Film Oscar category to be included during the Academy Awards ceremony.

According to Variety, executives form ABC/Disney had been pressing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board to impose more inclusive changes for years.

The change seems to have come after the 90th annual Oscar awards show hit a record-low in TV ratings. Following that, the ABC/Disney executives reportedly met with the Academy board again to have an honest discussion about what they felt needed to change in order to get the ratings back up.

A shorter running time was one of the key elements, but the inclusion of a new category honoring "popular films" seems to have been another thing they pushed hard for.

The move had been quite controversial among social media users, with many commenting that they don't see the need for — of point of — a "popular films" category.

"The Oscar ratings have been in steady decline because the status of motion pictures have diminished in the pop culture imagination," one person tweeted. "We’re almost a decade into YouTube stars, binge-worthy shows and superlative sandbox game experiences. A 'Popular Movie' category won’t help."

"So excited that the Academy is going to hand out the new Popular Movie Oscars award during its own TV spot in the middle of a Super Bowl ad break, thus assuring the biggest possible audience for it," someone else joked.

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"Actually my favorite part of the Oscars is watching the people who work behind the scenes get a chance to be celebrated," another person confessed. "Costume, sound, set, and cinematography are what makes movies impactful."

At this time, there are no specific details available on what exactly will constitute a "popular" film, but the Academy has said that more information will be made available in the near future.