Marvel's Black Panther has been hailed as its best film by fans and critics alike, with many suggesting it could be in the running for multiple Academy Award nominations. A new report indicates that Disney agrees, and is already contemplating an Oscar campaign.
Although this awards season just wrapped on Sunday with the Oscars ceremony, industry experts and studio executives are already looking ahead to next year. Although it's far too early to know how the pool of contenders will shape up, Disney is high on Black Panther's prospects. According to Deadline, a top Disney executive confirmed the entertainment giant has every intention of launching a "For Your Consideration" campaign for director Ryan Coogler's film, including a push for Best Picture:
"A top Disney exec told me flat out that they would be campaigning not only Black Panther for the big prize but also the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns (from director Rob Marshall), which he was raving about, particularly for star Emily Blunt."
While this isn't abnormal, as the studio also orchestrated awards campaigns for such films as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok, that there's a plan to push for Best Picture is noteworthy. Should the film earn that nomination, it would become the first superhero feature to do so. Black Panther continues to smash box office records and has recently passed $900 million at the worldwide box office, and should easily top $1 billion in the coming weeks.
In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.