Black Panther has broken new ground for many reasons since its release in early 2018. Now it’s become the first superhero movie to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.
Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ has proven to be nothing less than a phenomenon. Breaking new ground with a predominantly black cast in a notoriously white genre. The film’s appeal is further reaching than that of a standard superhero, action adventure.
Almost a year after ‘Black Panther’ debuted in cinemas the film continues to reach new heights with an unprecedented seven nominations at this year’s Academy Awards. Unprecedented, not on account of the number of nominations – there are three films this year with a higher yield. The remarkable fact is that ‘Black Panther’ is the first superhero movie, ever, to receive a nomination for Best Picture.
Cynics may cry foul. They might suggest that the nomination comes off the back of years of campaigning by those that have highlighted the obvious snub by the Academy of a genre that produces bigger box office figures than almost any other. It could be suggested that this is a half-hearted attempt by the Academy to provide evidence of much promised reform.
There’s probably an element of truth in all of the above. Regardless, a nomination for Best Picture is recognition enough, because, if I’m honest, I’d be very surprised to see director Ryan Coogler lifting the most prestigious Oscar on February 24th.
But ‘Black Panther’ is deserving of the Academy’s praise. The film is a stunning visual treat and should hold a strong claim to the Best Costume Design award.
The film is nominated for seven awards including: Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design and Best Sound Editing.
Black Panther won’t be the only Marvel character with fingers crossed come Oscars night. Avengers: Infinity War is up for Best Visual Effects. Meanwhile, Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is nominated for Best Animated Feature.
See the full listing of nominations for the 91st Academy Awards here.