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Mark Wahlberg on board with the Oscars' popular film category

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

has defended the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to include a new category for outstanding achievement in popular

The new award category will likely help the major box office draws that fail to get nominated or awarded in main category.

While the new award has already attracted plenty of detractors in Hollywood, the 47-year-old believes it is a good thing.

"Maybe if they'd had the category before, we'd have won a couple of them, told Variety at the premiere of his new "Mile 22".

"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," he added.

The two-time nominated also said that there were a lot of great films which were very popular and "probably deserve the recognition".

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 12:15 IST