Have the Oscars Made a Huge Mistake?

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a raft of changes on Wednesday—most notable among them a new Oscar category for a nebulously defined “achievement in popular film”—the reaction from Oscar-watchers was swift and noisy. Thats no surprise; this is a group still actively smarting over Hilary Swank defeating Annette Bening for best actress, twice. But the backlash against the new Oscar category, and even the announced intention to shorten the show and hand out some awards during the commercials, has been strong, with some even suggesting it marks a decline in the Oscars as an institution. As viewership for the awards show continues to dip, and the years box office top 10 looks less and less like the Academy lineup, should one of Hollywoods oldest institutions really be resorting to these kinds of tactics to keep up?

On this weeks Little Gold Men podcast, Katey Rich and Richard Lawson discuss the changes and what it means for the awards season to come (congrats on your brand-new Oscar, Black Panther) as well as the long-term outlook for the Academy. The changes were announced just minutes after this weeks recording session ended, so the rest of the episode is extremely unbothered by all of this: Hillary Busis and Yohana Desta join for a conversation about the New York Film Festival lineup, the mesmerizing trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, as well as the indie hit Eighth Grade and the final splashy release of the summer, Crazy Rich Asians.

Take a listen to this weeks episode above, and find Little Gold Men on Apple Podcasts, where you can leave a rating and a review.

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