Just weeks after the Academy announced that a new "best popular film" category would be coming to the Oscars, the idea has been abandoned — at least for now. The new award was supposed to recognize "outstanding achievement in popular film," per the Academy's original announcement, but the organization had not yet defined what constitutes a "popular film." In a statement Thursday, the Academy said that based on the "wide range of reactions" the announcement received, there is the need for "further discussion with our members" before the idea is implemented. As a result, the popular film award will no longer be introduced at the 2019 Oscars, as originally planned.

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