From Black Panther to Mamma Mia 2: The Movies That Could Win Oscars' New 'Popular' Award
Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans on Wednesday to create a new category at the Oscars — for “outstanding achievement in popular film.”
The move shocked fans and critics alike, while many took to wondering what movies could be in contention for the first ever Oscar in the category.
Read on for our picks -- including four superhero movies, of course.
This one is a no-brainer, and has even been in roundups for a potential Best Picture nomination. The first major superhero movie of the year also felt like the best one, with audiences finally being introduced to the colorful and rich world of Wakanda. Black Panther even managed to holdout Infinity War as the biggest movie of the year so far and was filled with stellar acting performances as well as a compelling story. We wont be surprised if T'Challa earns a second crown come awards season.
Avengers: Infinity War
Hot on Black Panther's tail is Infinity War. The most ambituous crossover event in cinematic history finally hit theaters in April -- and it was only the part one. The thirds Avengers movie brought together every major superhero that had been breaking record after record at the box office for Disney's Marvel and, logically, broke even more records.
It's one of the biggest movie of the year, and it was also good. From fan-favorite characters finally meeting to the heart-pumping battle sequences and the heartwrenching final moments, Infinity War has a real shot at going all the way.
Mission: Impossible — Fallout
Mission: Impossible — Fallout is the most critically acclaimed of the franchise — and one of the most highly praised films of the year. It’s also a hit with audiences, opening to the largest-ever weekend box office for the M:I movies, proving that Tom Cruise is still a popular star among moviegoers when he does what he does best — wow you with jaw-dropping stunts.
Action films are never included in the Best Picture race, no matter their qualifications. Die Hard is one of the most beloved films of all-time, but was overlooked. This new award seems tailor fit for a film like Fallout.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
No, we're not even slightly joking. The sequel to the 2008 movie had fans excited ever since it was announced last year -- and more than delivered on the result. With flashbacks showing how a young Donna, played effortlessly by Lily James, met the three men who would one day lay claim to her daughter's paternity, the movie gave fans a fresh take on the story while still featuring the blockbuster cast that made the first a hit.
Aside from the fun, Mamma Mia 2 also hits an emotional note with a duet between Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried. Plus, who will ever forget Cher slowly descending a set of stairs and declaring her love to Andy Garcia while fireworks explode in the sky above them?
A Quiet Place
John Krasinski's inventive and anxiety-inducing horror film has a shot at getting nominated for the Best Picture category, and it more that earns a place on this list. The small-budget horror movie turned into a big hit at the box office thanks to word of mouth and its compelling characters, all anchored by his wife Emily Blunt's harrowing performance. We'll never forget that bloody scene in the bath tub, or the real tears we cried at Krasinski's sacrifice for his kids.
Ryan Reynolds' “merc with a mouth” is more popular than ever with audiences thanks to the hit Deadpool sequel, which saw our favorite potty-mouthed superhero battle a mysterious villain played by Josh Brolin and avenge the death of a loved one. The added emotional heft raised the stakes for the follow-up, and the action was boosted considerably by Atomic Blonde director David Leitch, who upped the ante in the sequel. It also features the best cameo of the year — why not reward it?
Crazy Rich Asians
Aside from maybe Infinity War, Crazy Rich Asians has been the most anticipated movie of the year thanks to its groundbreaking cast. The movie, an adaptation of the book by the same name, features a cast of all Asian actors and is set to make bank at the box office in a major win for audiences wishing to see more diversity on the big screen.
Mary Poppins Returns
No one’s seen Mary Poppins Returns yet, but given the goodwill for the beloved character, we can see this leaping to front of the race once it opens in December. Helping its chances: director Rob Marshall was Oscar nominated for Chicago, plus it stars Oscars heavyweight Meryl Streep in a supporting role.
Adding to its sure-to-be wow factor are Emily Blunt’s take on the sassy nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s singing and dancing lamplighter. We smell a hit!
The Incredibles 2
Despite a 15 year gap between the first Incredibles and its sequel, the second movie in the franchise made it seem like no time had passed. Returning director Brad Bird delivered a sequel that built upon the original and gave fans what they wanted: memorable action and hilarious family comedy.
The Disney/Pixar effort broke every record imaginable at the box office for an animated film, so a popular award seems fitting. One factor against it: it’s already the front-runner to win best animated feature.