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you know this pathetic right and the award for most bundles missteps and controversies goes to the folks behind this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony it hasn't been an easy if they can maybe have to say that that's Reuters entertainment correspondent Joel sergeant who notes that at a time when the Oscars are desperate to bounce back from last year's record low viewership the motion picture academy the group that piece does those gold plated statues seems to have done its best to try to screw things up there have been a number of missteps %HESITATION first of all the is the controversy over the host that would be Kevin Hart who dropped out as host in December after a series of homophobic tweet he posted years ago resurfaced he was replaced by no one making this just the second time in the show's history that it will be without a host another flop the brouhaha over a new category for popular films lost some of the academy in attempt to get more audiences for the annual show decided to introduce a special category a new category just for popular films firms are done really well at the box office unfortunately that backfired within the industry that was such a backlash by from people who didn't want to be separated into popular categories and then unpopular categories that they withdrew that the academy came under fire again in January this time accused by the screen actor's guild of pressuring celebrities not to appear or present on competing award shows and last week yet another storm erupted when as part of a pledge to shorten its telecast plans to present awards for categories such as cinematography and film editing during commercial breaks were slammed as insulting by the Hollywood community five days later the plan was scrapped the academy no doubt hoping it's , missteps haven't drowned out initial kudos over this year's diverse Oscar nominations list which range from art house films like Roma to the blockbuster Black Panther the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for an academy award