When it comes to the Oscars each year, many people focus most of their attention to the people that are in front of the camera with the exception of the director. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty in the industry that are being recognized for their work, however. Several categories have been added throughout the decades to recognize those that work in costume design, special effects and much more.
However, there are several categories that have been proposed to the lineup, only to either be rejected outright or put on the backburner. Here are those categories that were brought up and gained some traction, but didn’t make the final cut.
Best Popular Film
Popular films don’t tend to do very well in the Best Picture category at the Oscars. Instead, that’s mostly reserved for lower budgeted films that deal with real scenarios. A recent proposal wanted to recognize these blockbuster movies, though, being presented in 2018. The category was postponed and received negative attention, despite the fact that a Best Picture winner hadn’t been in the top 10 of the yearly box office for more than a decade at that point. Perhaps one day, a blockbuster might breakthrough and win the coveted award.
Best Stunt Coordination
In 1991, an award that recognized the stunts of a film was brought up to the Academy and ultimately shot down year after year. It’s sad to see, too, as there’s a lot of work that goes into planning the stunts of a film, especially as there’s been more action in movies in recent years. The argument for this being an award was the fact that other departments in visual effects are recognized, so why not the people that are actually putting their lives on the line for movies? Sadly, the stuntmen and stuntwomen will have to wait.
This is another category that makes sense on the surface. A film can be made or broken because of the casting choices that go into place. Back in 1999, many members of the Academy wanted to make this all-important piece of filmmaking into an Oscar category, but in the end it was denied. There also hasn’t been an Oscar category for Best Cast, so maybe it’s time to add one or both to the already packed awards show.
Best Title Design
The other proposed categories make a lot of sense because a film leans heavily on stunts, casting and being popular. The title sequence, though? Not so much. That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been proposed, being shot down alongside Best Casting in 1999. If you’re confused at what this category pertains, the title card is what usually shows up at the beginning of a film, and is sort of a relic as movies tend to skip this sequence these days. If proposed in the 1930s, it would’ve likely been a surefire category.