Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new Oscar category: Achievement in Popular Film. Many pixels have been broadcast on the pros and cons of this idea. If the Academy wants to go this route, there’s no think piece or celebrity rant that’s going to stop them. However, they should go all in with the idea. Here’s how:
1. “Nominate” the five highest grossing films of the previous year. For releases that straddle years, the Academy can institute a cut off of February 1. January and February are notoriously slow months at the movies anyway.
2. Allow the audience to vote during the show. Make it interactive!
3. Cut off the voting right before Best Director and announce the winner. This will isolate the “prestige” of the “big four” categories.
(C) 2018 D. G. McCabe