Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was on the shortlist for Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."
Time has revealed the shortlist for the people who most defined 2018 and were recognized as candidates for the title, including politicians from around the world, protesters and activists and the families that have been separated at the US/Mexico Border. However, also among those names was Coogler, who helmed the wildly successful superhero blockbuster that hit theaters in February.
Time Magazine’s "Person of the Year" recognition has long been seen as one of the defining declarations of the year by one of the world’s most influential publications. The title isn’t just given to reflect the achievements of one person but to recognize the cultural impact of their contributions to society. Last year’s winners were members of the #MeToo movement, who opened the door to fighting sexual assault and harassment on a grander scale.
The only figure on the list who is from the world of entertainment this year was Coogler, who directed this year’s Black Panther to massive critical success (and the third-highest box office release of all time). In doing so, Coogler became the most successful African-American director in history. However, he ultimately wasn't chosen.
The Time "Person of the Year" for 2018 was instead slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other journalists fighting against “the war on Truth” across the globe.