Decades ago, superhero films weren’t much thought of. Sure, you had a series of Batman films, with many different actors taking on the role of the Caped Crusader. By the early 2000s, we had a few Spider-Man films. But the idea of a cinematic universe was still unheard of.
Fast-forward to 2019. Both DC and Marvel have their own universes, with the latter having almost 20 films that are all connected! And yet, despite their popularity, none have been able to land a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. Most notably snubbed was Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and James Mangold’s Logan, both of which were not only great superhero films, but fantastically thrilling dramas, as well. Yet neither was able to break through the barrier and become the first superhero film to land a nomination for Best Picture. But on Tuesday morning, everything changed.
None other than Marvel’s Black Panther is officially the first superhero film ever to land a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, and we could not be more excited! It is the third highest grossing Best Picture nominee of all time, behind Avatar and Titanic, and was both critically acclaimed and beloved by audiences everywhere.
This nomination is huge for so many reasons. Not only is it the first superhero film to land this nomination, Black Panther was also the first black superhero to lead his own film! The film was diverse and inclusive in many ways, and it managed to overcome an obstacle that many superhero films struggle with: getting lost in the action. Erik Killmonger was a villain that you could hate, but that you could also understand. And the film took its time developing not only him, but a large portion of the supporting cast. T’Challa was a different type of hero than we’ve seen in a while, and Wakanda was filled with mesmerizing advanced technology. Everything about this film kept you on the edge of your seat, and for that, it deserves a place in the Best Picture nominations
Black Panther also received 6 other Oscar nominations for Best Original Song, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Score, each as deserved as the last. Congrats to the entire cast and crew of Marvel’s Black Panther!
The 91st Academy Awards Will Air On February 24th.