But the Wednesday morning announcement was also met with immediate backlash online, raising questions about what the new category would mean for a film like "Black Panther", a global blockbuster which has also been talked about as a favorite contender for the best picture Oscar.
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".
A few changes to future Oscars telecasts have been announced on Wednesday by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Academy is still working out details like what qualifies as "popular". After all, those CGI-heavy blockbusters accounted for half of the top ten highest-grossing films previous year and they have massive fanbases who might just tune in to the Oscars if their favorite movie were in the running. "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". The biggest Academy Awards audience on record came in 1998 when the blockbuster "Titanic" was named best picture. Not to be confused with the "Best Picture" award, the additional category is causing quite the uproar on social media.
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Critics say it creates a "separate but equal" category for overlooked but popular minority-led films like "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman" by offering them consolation prizes to bring in more viewers and improve ratings.
"There's a lot of reasons to believe that would have shaken up the hidebound ideas of what an Oscar movie is", she said. It implies that popular films, no matter how masterful they can be, are not worth honoring, which is just disgusting, if I'm to speak plainly.
Last year's show hit an all-time ratings low.