BLACK PANTHER For Best Picture? Marvel Is Gearing Up For Their Biggest Oscar Push Yet

BLACK PANTHER For Best Picture? Marvel Is Gearing Up For Their Biggest Oscar Push Yet

As one of the century's cultural film landmarks, it is no surprise that Marvel is pushing a significant Oscar campaign or Ryan Coogler's groundbreaking Black Panther. But how far will they take it?

By Dragonsfoe - Aug 23, 2018 10:08 PM EST
Filed Under: Black Panther
Source: LA Times
Black Panther remains the highest grossing domestic release of 2018, and while that sounds impressive, it is even more significant when you consider that Infinity War was also released this year. This is among the many attributes that prove its status as a phenomenon. The film, which was hailed as revolutionary at the time of release, has kept steady momentum over the past few months, with audiences still talking about its influence and significants half a year after.

Coming as a surprise to no one, Marvel will be making a huge effort to gain a Best Picture nomination. And though its political and cultural merits alone may persuade voters, it is its identity as a superhero film that may hold them back. Thankfully, Marvel has hired Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to persuade the Academy, and other guilds of importance as voting approaches. They will be aiming big, campaigning for Best Picture rather than Best 'Popular Film.'  In addition to its impact, the campaign will also push director Ryan Coogler's passion for the material, as Feige himself said:

I would like to see the hard work and the effort and the vision and the belief of the talented filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who sat across the table from us a few years ago and said, ‘I have been wrestling with questions about my past and my heritage and I think I really want to tell a story within this movie. And that he did it so unbelievably well and with so much impact… seeing that potentially being recognized is what excites me the most.

Behind the scenes Disney hopes Marvel's intentions come through. "[Academy Executive] Dawn Hudson would crawl in a hole if Black Panther gets snubbed for Best Picture and winds up landing in the popular film category." Furthermore, there has been growing remorse over the category among the Academy. It is possible that its existance may be scrapped altogether.

Do you think the phenomenon will be nominated for Best Picture?
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Knightrider
Knightrider - 8/23/2018, 10:52 PM
I don't think it should win, but if this is what it will take to break the Oscar Duck for best picture I am for it.

Equivocal
Equivocal - 8/24/2018, 12:57 AM
@Knightrider -

and also it should be there a category for

BEST STUNT

That's long overdue !
rabid
rabid - 8/23/2018, 11:01 PM
Best picture?? I'll have some of whatever you're smokin, Marvel!
TexasAvenger
TexasAvenger - 8/24/2018, 7:15 AM
@rabid - You thought Fant4stic was good...
rabid
rabid - 8/24/2018, 8:54 AM
@TexasAvenger - The first half was great. The second half was a steaming pile.
Snowbirdd
Snowbirdd - 8/23/2018, 11:10 PM
It was a pretty good movie, actually enjoyed more than most of the other MCU movies, but I don't think it escaped enough of the comic book movie norms enough to be up on that level...But then again, who knows man.
Visualiza
Visualiza - 8/24/2018, 1:46 AM
@Snowbirdd - *shrugs* I'd say that at least half the Best Picture winners (let alone nominees) didn't deserve that level of recognition either. For some reason when Black Panther gets brought into that conversation, it's viewed as the biggest potential travesty in the Academy's history.
MyBeard
MyBeard - 8/24/2018, 9:42 AM
@Visualiza - You honestly think that is a common sentiment? Most of the people commenting on this site don't even believe that and we're all attached enough to CBMs to be spending time here.
SKetCH
SKetCH - 8/23/2018, 11:10 PM
Loved it. But not enough for best picture.

Although, the push could be entertaining:

"#BPforBP"

I wouldn't be mad tho.
Superheromoviefan
Superheromoviefan - 8/23/2018, 11:10 PM
hard to say if it deserves it or not. on one hand is an action movie. on the other hand it has a timeless message with great characters and their growth.
im kinda split
Kevwebsz
Kevwebsz - 8/23/2018, 11:13 PM
No lol

But hey Upgrade was awesome af
DEVWoulf
DEVWoulf - 8/23/2018, 11:17 PM
Great movie. But the only comic film worthy of an Oscar nomination was The Dark Knight. It's just the raw truth; that film was robbed.
Ronan3Accuser
Ronan3Accuser - 8/23/2018, 11:19 PM
@DevarikaWoulf - BP is a pretty deep movie for a CBM.
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