Vodcast: What’s Up With the New Oscars Category?

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I’m a sucker for traditions. Growing up, we didn’t have many of them, and now that I have my own family, we love creating our own. I love Christmas for that very reason. Every year my husband and I decorate our tree while drinking hot chocolate and listening to Michael Bublé. It’s magical.

Most of us love traditions. They’re familiar. They’re comfortable. Maybe that’s part of the reason why, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences announced some changes to its Oscar telecast, some people had some pretty mixed feelings.

Some of those changes aren’t so controversial, especially when it comes to keeping the notoriously long telecast to three hours. But one change has gotten quite a bit of attention: The Oscar’s new category, “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.”

People across the country have chimed in with their opinions as to whether the new category is a good or bad thing.  Will it detract from the “high art” of filmmaking? Will it include more family-friendly films? What qualifies as a “popular film” anyway? So Adam, Paul and I toss our own opinions into the mix,  sharing our thoughts on the implications of future change.

Who wrote this?

Kristin Smith is the most recent addition to the Plugged In team. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. When she's not writing or editing, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Eddy, and running through Colorado Springs’ Garden of the Gods. She loves coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan), and is eagerly awaiting the birth of her first baby, Judah.

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charitysplace More than 1 year ago
The Oscars awarded a Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Judi Dench for her 6 minute, one-note performance in Shakespeare in Love.

I don't think one more category is going to detract from "the high-art of filmmaking." ;)
B Evans More than 1 year ago
I always thought that was an odd choice for BSA - did they just not have any other women who qualified as a "supporting" actress that year, or were the other nominees just flat out awful?