Oscars adding a popular film category


Todd Murray, student reporter

The Oscars added a popular films category to its roster causing mixed reactions on whether these money making smash hits really deserve such an award past a high “rotten tomatoes” score.

The members who work for Dawn Hudson the CEO of the Academy located in Los Angeles, CA have made the decision to add the popular film category before the Oscar-bait season and instead during the summer which is packed with blockbusters in supposedly an attempt to seem less elitist and boost ratings by pleasing the younger demographic.

When talking about Marvel movies, in particular being that they are one of the most popular and money making franchises, something like Avengers: Infinity War (2018) does deserve recognition like an Oscar to this regular marvel films watcher,

“It should be nominated, you can tell they spent a long time doing this and I like how it all ties up together,” said Jr. Eduardo Rios.  

For the supporting side of the decision, Marvel fans, in particular, are very much pleased with the choice because they think the movies are worthy enough for an Oscar. According to them, in the past, most superhero films have been snubbed.

Rotten Tomatoes is a platform for movie critics to put their reviews and score on a movie, which is then added up to a percentage, 59% and below considered “rotten” and 6o% above being “fresh” films. The site has given every single Marvel studios film a fresh rating. If there is a higher score then it will bring more people to the theaters, causing a successful box office run.

One theory on why the category was added in the first place by the opposing side was to get a boost in ratings since the 2018 ceremony had a 20% drop from 2017. It would make sense for them wanting to attract the younger demographic with the fun blockbusters because they are what make up most of the box office money for the films.

A Durango movie lover, Julien Mouton, gave his opinion on why he thinks that blockbusters should continue to be fun, popcorn flicks and not known as the prestigious award winning masterpieces.

“I like watching the Marvel films and really liked Ready Player One (2018) but even though they’re popular, I don’t think they’re really worthy of something like an Oscar,” said Mouton, a freshman at Fort Lewis College.

In the past, there has always been a drama or dark comedy that usually pops up into theaters a few months before the Awards Ceremony, a phenomenon that many people refer to as “Oscar bait season” because they are almost always nominated and occasionally win best picture.

The children and teens that watch the show don’t care for the categories like “best foreign short film” or “best costume” and are really interested in the main actors and actresses, and the best movie. So, adding a category that seems to be tailor-made for a younger audience is a fairly transparent move by the Academy, trying to get more views for their ceremony.

In the wake of the controversy, the CEO of the Academy that runs the Oscars and who ultimately made the choice to add the category decided it would be best if the category was postponed and not used for the 2018 run of popular films.

  “There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members. We have made changes to the Oscars over the years — including this year — and we will continue to evolve while also respecting the incredible legacy of the last 90 years,” said Academy CEO, Dawn Hudson.