THIS HAPPND: As Wack 100 Rips 2Pac’s Sexuality, BLACK PANTHER Makes Oscars History

Black Panther

Rap executive Wack 100 continues to feel the wrath of 2Pac fans this week while Marvel Studios’ Black Panther makes history as the first-ever superhero film nominated for the Academy Awards’ Best Picture.

Despite past snubs from game-changing action-packed and superhero films, the Oscars has finally acknowledged the genre with the major nod.

Tuesday morning, 10 years after Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” forced a significant paradigm shift at the Academy Awards, a superhero movie was finally nominated for best picture: Marvel’s “Black Panther.” And it represents a fairly remarkable culmination. (Variety)

In addition to Best Picture, Black Panther landed nods in categories including Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

After 2008’s The Dark Knight missed a much-needed Best Picture nod, the Academy Awards felt the pressure to expand its prized category.

Public backlash led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand the potential Best Picture nominee list to a maximum of 10 films in 2009. Even so, art-house flicks continue to dominate the Best Picture category. A “popular” film hasn’t won Best Picture since Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003. (CNBC)

In recent years, the Oscars has suffered a major blow in ratings and viewers.

The relationship between Academy Award nominees and ratings is hardly an exact science, but there’s at least some evidence that indicates recognizing more movies that viewers have actually seen is a boon — a dynamic that reached its high-water mark with “Titanic,” which drew a record 55 million viewers to the telecast in 1998. By contrast, last year’s ratings sank to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, per Nielsen data — a drop of nearly 20% from the previous year, and way off from the more than 40 million the telecast attracted as recently as in 2013 and ’14. (CNN)

Last March, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed big plans for a Black Panther sequel.

“Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one. (Entertainment Weekly)

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