The John Williams NewsClick: A new “popular film” category for the Oscars?

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Oscar statuettes backstage before the Academy Awards (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a few changes they plan to make to the Oscars, including “a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film.” The details are still forthcoming. Some like the idea of bigger movies getting this kind of recognition, many are worried about what exactly this change could mean.