Justin Theroux says the Oscars need Best Comedy, not Most Popular category: 'I want to see Judd Apatow win an Oscar'

Amid a bit of Hollywood frenzy, Justin Theroux is a voice of reason.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences faced major backlash since announcing a new "Best Picture" category designed to reward big-budget, mass-audience flicks. Theroux, chatting with AOL at the grand opening of INTERSECT by Lexus, has some polite feedback for the Academy: New categories could be great, but this one missed the mark.

"I want a comedy category. That's what I want," Theroux said emphatically. "I want to see someone like Jim Carrey back in the day win and Oscar. I want to see Judd Apatow win an Oscar. Jonah Hill. All the wonderful comedic work they do. I would love a comedy category before a 'Most Popular' category."

(Notably, Jonah Hill has been nominated twice for Academy Awards, but not for roles in comedies.)

Of billion-dollar franchises like "Star Wars' and "Avengers," Theroux noted, "Listen, those films get their rewards in huge box offices."

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Justin Theroux attends the INTERSECT by Lexus Preview Event on August 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for INTERSECT by Lexus )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Justin Theroux attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' at Fox Village Theater on July 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Justin Theroux attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Justin Theroux attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Actor Justin Theroux and Amy Sedaris are seen taking a cab in noho on May 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Actor Justin Theroux is seen biking in Soho on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Justin Theroux on April 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: (L-R) Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux, Emma Stone and Louis Vuitton's executive vice president Delphine Arnault attend the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Justin Theroux attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 6, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Actor Justin Theroux is seen on March 5, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Actor Justin Theroux is seen on March 5, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Actor Justin Theroux is seen walking in Soho on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Justin Theroux attends the Adam Selman front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Justin Theroux attends an evening honoring Louis Vuitton and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on November 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 25: Actor Justin Theroux is seen on October 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by UMV/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Justin Theroux is seen on the set of 'Good Morning America' on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Justin Theroux leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Justin Theroux attends the premiere of 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Justin Theroux attends the premiere of 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie' at Regency Village Theatre on September 16, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Justin Theroux is seen at LAX on September 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Actors Jason Bateman (L) and Justin Theroux attend the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux attend the ceremony honoring Jason Bateman with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on July 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: Actors Dave Franco (L) and Justin Theroux of 'Lego Ninjago' at 2017 WIRED Cafe at Comic Con, presented by AT&T Audience Network on July 20, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: (L-R) Actors Dave Franco, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Justin Theroux, Michael Pena, Olivia Munn and Zach Woods attend MT Fandom Fest at PETCO Park on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux seen leaving a restaurant in West Village on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 18: Justin Theroux in a sleeveless print tee is seen grocery shopping in West Village on July 18, 2017 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Actor Justin Theroux is seen biking in Soho on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Justin Theroux attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'The Leftovers' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on June 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Actor Justin Theroux attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Conversations with 'The Leftovers' at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room on June 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Justin Theroux, Kevin Garvey on stage at HBO's 'The Leftovers' - FYC on June 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actors Carrie Coon, Nora Durst and Justin Theroux, Kevin Garvey attend HBO's 'The Leftovers' - FYC on June 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 01: (L-R) Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman attend the 'The Leftovers' FYC New York Screening at Metrograph on June 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Justin Theroux at Good Morning America on May 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
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That said, Theroux, who appears in the upcoming "Bumblebee" -- the latest in the massively successful "Transformers" franchise -- has nothing but positive things to say about working on the sure-to-be hit.

"It's really adorable," he said. "It's a weird movie, sort of a coming-of-age story. Very tender, but at the same time very Transformers-y."

Theroux can currently be seen in "The Spy Who Dumped Me," in theaters now.

 

 

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