This year’s Academy Awards will feature an entirely new category: “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film.” Not everyone is on board with the idea, but one big-name actor, Mark Wahlberg, has spoken up to praise the category. Speaking to Variety, Wahlberg said some of his past movies might have been contenders for the category.”Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Wahlberg said. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety. We make films that we want people to enjoy and if we get those kind of accolades, fantastic. If not, we make the movies for audiences to enjoy.”Wahlberg is known for big-budget films that don’t always score with critics but are often huge commercial hits like the Transformers franchise. He’s never won an Oscar, but his performance as a Boston police detective in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. He also shared the Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Fighter. He starred in that movie, and his castmates, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, took home Best Supporting actor and actress Oscar wins, respectively.There are no specifics yet about the criteria for… Read full this story
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