By John H. Foote

In the hopes of bringing back young audiences, the Academy, in their infinite wisdom (yep, sarcasm)

will add a new category, Most Popular Film.

This further dilutes the Best Picture category, as moving from five to up to Ten Best Picture nominees did. The night’s biggest award has become Best Director, because we just have not a clue where the voters will go for Best Picture. For years Best Picture lined up with Best Director, which made sense, the best film should be the Best Directed.

However, for films made in the years 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Best Picture and Best Director have differed.

What will Most Popular Film look like? Why not just give a special award to top box office film of the year?

It gets worse.

In an effort to cut time out of the show, several of the tech awards, the below the line awards will not be given live. Again, I like seeing the winners of these awards, so kill the musical and dance numbers, the tributes, anything not pertaining to the previous year. Bad enough they took the Lifetime Achievement Awards out of the main ceremony, cheating us of seeing Francis Ford Coppola and Spike Lee Get their awards.

It is the dumbing down of the Oscars.

The Academy Awards as we knew it are gone, dead.

How will Best Picture be different than Most Popular Film? Once again, a dumbass idea.

Why not add Motion Capture Performance, kicking it off with a Special Lifetime Achievement Award to Andy Serkis, and an award for Stunt Sequence.

Honour film dammit!

Forget it is a show!

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