Marvel’s “Black Panther” continues to make history. On Tuesday morning the Academy Awards released the list of the nominations for this year’s Oscars. Black Panther became the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture.
The movie grossed $700 million in the domestic box office, Ryan Coogler’s Marvel became the third-highest grossing film of all time. Worldwide it has made $1.3 billion. It makes it the third-highest earning best picture nominee ever. That is behind James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic.” Back in December, producer Kevin Feige told Variety‘s Playback podcast:
With what Ryan was doing, what he had to say, and vouching for crew members that we had not worked with before but that he believed in — he came in and blew us away with initial sort of presentations to get the job. For them to have stepped up and knocked it out of the park the way they did is incredible. It comes down to a filmmaker who has such a deft hand at being able to balance something that is going to have entertainment value with being true to his soul and being true to the questions he had growing up.
Despite the box office success, the consistent support of film critics, including nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards, SAG, BAFTAs and a Golden Globe drama best picture nomination which made history. “Black Panther” came into this year’s Oscar season an important underdog.
Now, it is the first superhero film ever nominated for this Hollywood’s top prize. James Mangold’s “Logan” became the first superhero movie to receive any recognition in the writing categories a year ago. So maybe this stigma is slowly withdrawing. “Black Panther” was without a doubt cultural milestone. And it would have been absurd for The Academy not to give its recognition.
Beside’s Best Picture, Coogler’s movie is also nominated other six awards, costume design, original score, original song, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing. For best picture, the movie is going up against “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vice.”
Marvel Studios, is ending their Avengers’ movies after 11 years of storytelling this summer with “Avengers: Endgame.” “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War” become the biggest domestic and worldwide successes.
The 91st Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT, live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.