Spider-Man, Army Of The Dead, Minimata and Cinderella are leading the running for the Oscar’s new popular film prize.

I’m old enough to remember a time when Jonathan Ross hosted the film programme on BBC One, and come the end of the year vote, a concerted effort by fans of Joss Whedon’s (different times) movie Serenity managed to get it installed in first place.

Now, on a different scale, a not dissimilar thing seems to be happening with the Oscars, where the shortlist has been published for its new popular film prize.

This isn’t an Oscar, but it is a prize – on conjunction with Twitter – that’ll be given out at the ceremony. We’ve been able to nominate movies via Twitter and a special web page, and the Academy has announced the shortlist of ten films in the running. Some you might have seen coming, others less so.

On the blockbuster side of things, The Suicide Squad, Dune, Army Of The Dead, Sing 2 and Spider-Man: No Way Home have made the cut. So too, curiously, has James Wan’s rather divisive Malignant, and Oscar contenders Tick, Tick, Boom! And The Power Of The Dog.

The two that have come to the fore off the back of fan campaigns? Well, there’s Minimata, a not hugely seen feature starring Johnny Depp, and Depp’s fans appear to have backed this one in numbers. The wildcard is Cinderella, starring Camilla Cabello, a film that it became clear mischief makers had picked as their entry for the list. Again, their campaign appeared to work.

The voting for the prize ends tomorrow, and it’s widely expected that the whole operation was designed to give Spider-Man something for basically reigniting cinema last December. We find out who’s going to take home whatever the prize actually is at the Oscar ceremony on March 27th. Should be quite the night…

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