Black Panther has a chance to take home the top prize at this Sunday's 91st Annual Academy Awards, but Wakanda's Warrior will always remain number one in moviegoers' hearts.
In a recent poll conducted by Fandango for USA Today, the breakout Marvel film was chosen as the top film out of the Best Picture nominees. Fandango's poll surveyed over 3,000 frequent moviegoers, with Black Panther winning with 24% of the vote, beating out the likes of blockbuster hits like A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody as well as indie darlings Roma and The Favourite.
While Roma is the current frontrunner for the Oscar race, it's hardly a surprise Black Panther would win any laymen poll given it's box office-smashing power. While the film could potentially not win Best Picture, it's the first superhero film to earn a nomination.
Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis commented on Panther's rare combination of commercial and critical success. "It reminded them that entertainment could also be meaningful and change lives and change the world," he said.
The winners of the 91st annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, February 24, in a ceremony broadcast live on ABC.
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