9 Aug – Just 12 hours ago (at the time of writing), The Academy proudly announced on their social media that a new category is being introduced at the next Oscars.
"A new category is being designed around achievement in popular film," it was announced on Twitter and Facebook. Ironically, the addition of the new 'popular film' category turned out to be not so popular among fans and critics alike.
Ever since the announcement was made, an outpouring of protests and jests have followed.
Some are even speculating that the category was only added so that an award can be handed out to superhero movies, or more specifically "Black Panther", which made quite a roaring success following its release.
The Academy turning a blind eye to the movie's significance in the industry could end up with them being accused of sidelining black-led movies again but simply creating a new not-so-worthy category just for the sake of supposed inclusivity isn't exactly helping the case either.
Details for eligibility to compete under this category have yet to be revealed by The Academy.