It is a big day for superhero movie fans. After all, Black Panther makes history by becoming the first ever superhero movie to earn a nomination for Best Picture at the Oscars. Yes, the team of Marvel Studios and Black Panther stand a chance to grace the 91st Academy Awards platform. The nomination is a huge achievement not only for Marvel Studios but also to all the actors, actresses, directors and everyone involved in the making of superhero movies. Over the year, The Academy has sidelined superhero movies at the prestigious award functions.
While they receive a nomination in categories like visual effects and sound mixing, they never made their way to the Best Picture category. Last year, there was a buzz that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman might break the jinx of superhero movies at the Oscars but fans were left dejected when the Academy did not recognise it. However, since the release of Black Panther, celebrities, critics and almost everyone in Hollywood was in the favour of the Chadwick Boseman-starrer to find a nomination at the Best Picture and it finally did today.
Marvel Studios has more reasons to celebrate. Apart from the Best Picture nomination, Marvel Studios’ movie Avengers: Infinity War has also found a nomination this year. Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige will be at the Oscars for hoping that the production house bags Best Costume Design, Best Original Song, Best Original Score and other prizes.
While this is a great achievement for the team, we are definitely not forgetting that this isn’t the first time that a superhero movie has been headlines with an Oscar nomination. The last time a superhero movie generated so much buzz at the Oscars was back in 2009 when Heath Ledger won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his brilliant performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. The Christopher Nolan Batman movie earned eight nominations. However, it wasn’t included in the Best Picture category. Nevertheless, we’re sure everyone is happy with the welcomed change.
Congratulations, team Black Panther.
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