2018 Contenders (So Far) for the Oscars’ New Popular Film Category

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On Wednesday, August 8, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced some changes that would be implemented at the 2019 Oscars and onward — most notably, that there would be a new category for achievement in popular film, which should open the door for undeniably successful movies that aren't traditionally part of the Oscars conversation. Of course, just because something is popular doesn't mean it's not good, and while making a new, totally separate category isn't necessarily the best solution for recognizing these titles, it's at least a way of celebrating some additional deserving movies — and maybe making things a little more interesting. Here are some of the most probable contenders for the inaugural Oscar for achievement in popular film. (Photos via Walt Disney Studios/Marvel Studios + Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Pictures + Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios + Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures)
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