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5 movies in 2018 that could be nominated for the new, controversial 'popular film' award at the Oscars

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 11 Aug 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' announcement this week of a new award for "popular films" at the Oscars was met with eye-rolling and vitriol from critics and celebrities alike.It was a vague announcement, only saying that a "new category is being designed around achievement in popular film." We don't exactly know what that means yet, what qualifies as a "popular" film, and what the criteria will be. Will it honor movies that made big bucks at the box office compared to their budgets' Is it an award for achievement in marketing to audiences' We only know that a movie can compete for both the "popular film" Oscar and the traditional, coveted "best picture" award, and that it will be introduced at the next Oscars in early 2019 that honors films of this year.At any rate, the mere thought of such a category has spawned outrage, with people arguing that a "popular" movie can be held to same standards as a best-picture contender, and that the award is offensive to the Oscars as a celebration of film achievement.But as long as it's actually happening, we'll have to get used to this new award, and as more details surface, maybe it will make more sense. In a perfect world, these movies would be recognized more by the Academy without an additional award. But we don't live in a perfect world, and as much as "Black Panther" deserves a best-picture nomination, there's no guaranteeing that it would have gotten one.We've thought about the movies so far in 2018 that could compete for such a prize, based on a traditional definition of what a "popular" movie might beone that is a box-office success and a hit with audiences and critics alike.Below are five movies in 2018, so far, that could be considered for the "popular film" Oscar:SEE ALSO:The Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to save the 'X-Men' franchise and start it from scratch"A Quiet Place"John Krasinski's hit horror movie, "A Quiet Place," about a family fighting to survive in a world populated by creatures that hunt by sound, was met with critical praise, earning a 95% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. It also took in an impressive $332 million worldwide off of a $17 million budget."Avengers: Infinity War"No other film so far this year embodies the notion of a "popular movie" than "Avengers: Infinity War." It broke the record for biggest opening-weekend box office in the US with $258 million, and has since grossed over $2 billion worldwide. It is one of the biggest, most popular movies ever made, and not only did fans love it, but critics did, as well. "Infinity War" would never be recognized as a best-picture contender, but it's the best representation of the new Hollywood: franchises reign supreme, but they can still deliver great movies."Black Panther"Before "Infinity War," "Black Panther" proved Marvel's dominance in the franchise wars, and is a cultural sensation on its own terms. The movie is the first superhero movie with a predominantly black cast, set in Africa. It broke box-office records, and has grossed over $1 billion worldwide. It was also a favorite among many critics in the best-picture race, which would make it the first superhero movie to be nominated for the award. And now that we know that it can compete in both the best picture and best popular film categories, there's still hope.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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