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Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar 2 lead popular cinema’s resurgence at the Oscars

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POPULAR films have made a spectacular comeback at the Oscars — with Top Gun and Avatar sequels both nominated for Best Picture.

It is the first time in Oscars history more than one film in this category has grossed over £1.2billion worldwide. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Angela Bassett, 64, is also the first to earn an acting nomination for a Marvel superhero film — for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Academy bosses hope the inclusion of popular films will give a boost to the televised ceremony, which has struggled to attract viewers in recent years.

Last year’s was the second lowest watched in Oscars history. This year’s event, which takes place in LA on March 12, will likely be a bigger draw by including nominations for popular films such as The Batman and Elvis.

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