Actors have spoken out since the initial announcement, complaining that the category would be in direct competition with Best Picture category. The Oscars are set for February 24, 2019.
‘THE ACADEMY’ PUTS ‘MOST POPULAR MOVIE’ CATEGORY ON HOLD
Less than a month ago, the Academy of Motion Pictures announced a new category for the Oscars called, Most Popular Movie. The announcement caused a lot of controversy among the entertainment industry. The Academy has now put that decision on hold. In a prepared statement they wrote: "The Academy recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year creates challenges for films that have already been released"