Disney Wants Black Panther to Win All of the Oscars

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther movie has been entered for almost every category at the Academy Awards.

Disney has submitted Black Panther for consideration in almost every single category for the next Academy Awards. 

Sharing the news on its official awards page, Disney are hoping Ryan Coogler’s MCU blockbuster will pick up everything from Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, to Best Costume, Sound Editing and Best Original Score – submitting separate Best Supporting Actor claims for Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. 

Although you can’t blame them for trying, the bid for so many Oscars for a superhero movie seems a wee bit ambitious – especially since the Academy decided to get rid of the Popular Film award (that was pretty much made for Black Panther in the first place). As we all know, the Academy traditionally takes a pretty snooty opinion of superheroes (and of genre films in general), and a few concessions like Heath Ledger’s posthumous Best Supporting Actor win for The Dark Knight and Logan’s Best Adapted Screenplay nomination hardly prove any different. 

Still, if any superhero movie has the goods to break through, it’s probably Black Panther. Universally loved, socially and culturally important, and making Hollywood more than $1.3 billion, it stands a better chance than most of winning over the voters. More importantly, Marvel are actually paying for a proper PR campaign for the first time ever – with Kevin Feige hiring an Oscar strategist to grease the right palms and make sure the people voting are sufficiently wooed. Winning an Oscar is a bit of a grubby business since studios have been allowed to use billboards, trade magazines, and gift baskets to get their films “noticed,” and it does sometimes mean that film with the biggest campaign gets the most awards. 

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