Disney is hoping that "Black Panther" can yield Oscar gold.
While superhero movies don't always fare well at the Academy Awards, barring exceptions like Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight or James Mangold's Logan, perhaps the winds of change are blowing. Disney is willing to hedge their bets on it. Today, the studio has revealed their For Your Consideration list, which reveals intentions of pushing Black Panther for damn near every available category. The move marks the first time Marvel has made a serious Oscar push, and it's hard to say whether or not such designs will yield tangible results. In any case, Marvel clearly values Black Panther's chances for the following:
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman), Best Supporting Actor (Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, and Angela Bassett), Best Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Original Score and Original Song for "All The Stars." The latter would mark an Oscar nomination for both Kendrick Lamar and SZA, which would tick off another box in K.dot's EGOT checklist.
Despite Black Panther's status as a fan favorite, it's hard to say whether or not a Marvel film can successfully reign supreme in such a ceremony. The Academy historically tends to value a certain type of film, though they have broadened their horizons of late. It's still a little too early to tell which films are shaping up to clean house at the upcoming Oscars. Do you think Black Panther has a chance?