Black Panther, the Marvel blockbuster fronted by virtually an all-black cast, has created history by becoming the first superhero film to get the Best Picture nomination at the Oscars.
The film, directed by Ryan Coogler and featuring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, received total seven nominations for the 91st Academy Awards.
Apart from the Best Picture category, the Marvel project has received nods for original song, original score, sound mixing, sound editing, costume design and production design. In the Best Picture category, the film is pitted against The Favourite, Vice, Roma, Green Book, A Star Is Born, Black Klansman and Bohemian Rhapsody.
The film is having a spectacular awards season, as it received nods at the Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG, BAFTAs and a history-making Golden Globe nomination.
Quite significantly, Black Panther has enjoyed a sensational win at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards in Los Angeles this week.
In beating Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody to the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award, Black Panther has jumped up to being a favourite to repeat the success at the Oscars.
Black Panther, set in a fictional African country of Wakanda, became a massive hit earning USD 1.3 billion worldwide. The film, featuring Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Forrest Whitaker, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright among others, received praise from both the critics and the audiences. This movie is a celebration of the beauty, intelligence and power of Africa and Africans, something rarely seen in mainstream, high grossing movies.
The Oscars will be awarded on February 24, 2019.
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