Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the creation of a new category for “popular films” that would be inaugurated at the 91st Academy Awards in February 2019 —an idea that has been heavily decried by critics.
Before the announcement, Marvel’s monster hit, Black Panther seemed likely to become the first superhero movie to score a ‘Best Picture’ Oscar nomination. Now fans think it will be sidelined to the ‘Best Popular Film’ category.
A few months ago, Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed hit reopened the debate about the Oscar-worthiness of films within the superhero genre, but the announcement of this new category could very well shatter the film’s chances at a ‘Best Picture’ nod.
Well, according to Vanity Fair , the Marvel isn’t taken any chances, as they’ve hired an Oscar specialist to lead the Black Panther ‘Best Picture’ nomination campaign.”I would like to see the work, effort, vision, and faith of the talented Ryan Coogler … rewarded,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.
In the United States, Black Panther is the third most profitable movie of all time. It has awakened important debates on racism, the repercussions of slavery and the portrayal of ethnic minorities on the big screen.
Globally, the film is in the top ten most profitable films in Hollywood history with a total of $ 1.3 billion in revenue . Celebrated by the general public and moviegoers, Black Panther has the best reviews a Marvel film has ever received.