Forget Best Popular Film — "Black Panther" wants all the Oscars.
Disney and Marvel is rolling out the mega blockbuster's awards season "For Your Consideration" campaign and the list of Academy Award categories the movie will contend for is long.
"Black Panther" will submit itself in: Best Picture, Director (Ryan Coogler), Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Actress (Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett), Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Original Score and Original Song (for “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA).
Of course, the movie can't be considered for Best Popular Film, the much-derided addition that the Academy introduced and then retracted in a matter of weeks. Many Oscar pundits believed that the category was meant to address critical and commercial hits like "Black Panther" but also criticized it as a means of excluding it from Best Picture.
This is Marvel's first serious push for Best Picture. None of its other films have won an Oscar (though they've collectively received nine nominations).
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people. Read More