There's a new Oscars category that might help The Rock win an Oscar
There’s a new Oscars category, and it’ll probably help actors like the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson win an Academy Award
Yes, it may just be a week into August – so we’re not even out of blockbuster season yet – but it’s never too early to start fighting about what movies might win an Oscar next spring. However, today the Academy just released some big new changes to the awards – ones that may help the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson win the big leagues.
First: it will be three hours long, which is nothing new. Second: some of the awards will not be broadcast during the telecast (sorry, Achievement in Sound Effects Editing). And third: there will be a new award category that will celebrate "outstanding achievement in popular film."
While I'm sure Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sees this as the perfect opportunity to finally win a dang Oscar (he'll have two chances, with both Rampage and Skyscraper out this year), the new category still opens up a lot of questions: How does the Academy decide what is a "popular" film and just a regular old Oscar movie?
For example, last year many of the Best Picture nominees were also big box office successes. Both Get Out and Dunkirk crossed the 100 million box office threshold, while The Post and The Shape of Water did more than 65 million.
We guess it will come down to the bigger box office successes, including comic book movies and sequels. The most popular films of last year were Star Wars The Last Jedi, Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Two, and none of them received any Oscar love.
Will we be seeing The Rock stand up to collect an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards? Only time will tell.