TORONTO (AP) — For a festival that can be a hotbed of Oscar-predicting hysteria, the scuttling of the "best popular movie" category by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences barely registered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Actress Amandla Stenberg poses for photographs on the red carpet after arriving for the new movie “The Hate U Give” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Lady Gaga attends the gala for “A Star is Born” on day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Viola Davis attends the premiere for “Widows” on Day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. Davis told The New York Times she has regrets about her role as a maid in the 2011 film “The Help.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographs on the red carpet for the new movie “Boy Erased” during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. T(Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Most were too in the thrall of the 254 feature films unspooling across the festival to much care about the academy's withdrawn bid for a more commercial best-picture award. And if the "popular" film Oscar category was meant as a corrective to a widening gap between mainstream audiences and the movie industry's best work, Toronto served as one big reminder of just how easily art and "popularity" can mix.

Actors Claire Foy, left, and Ryan Gosling attend the press conference for “First Man” on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
This image released by Annapurna Pictures shows Stephan James, left, and KiKi Layne in a scene from “If Beale Street Could Talk.” (Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures via AP)
Director Steve McQueen poses with paper cutouts of his face as he attends the premiere for “Widows” on day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga attend the gala for “A Star is Born” on Day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

This year's festival produced a batch of hits with both audiences and critics, including "Green Book," ''A Star Is Born" and "First Man."

Source: The Associated Press

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