Disney CEO Congratulates Black Panther for 'Groundbreaking' Oscar Noms

After yesterday’s historic Oscar nominations for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, many celebrities stepped up to congratulate the cast and crew. Today, Disney CEO Bob Iger joined the list of names celebrating the film's success.

Since Black Panther is the first superhero film to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, the announcement made a huge splash. Iger, through a Tweet posted late last night, recognized the effort and courage required to make such a film.

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“Congrats to our Studio for its 17 Oscar Noms,” Iger wrote. “It was especially gratifying to see Marvel Studios’ groundbreaking Black Panther honored with 7. Great creativity is never an accident; it’s the result of talent, vision, passion, and courage. Thank you Ryan Coogler & Kevin Feige.”

When it released last February, Black Panther was an immediate success. It quickly became the third-highest grossing film of all time in the United States and eventually the highest grossing non-Avengers film for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It had a near-perfect reputation with critics and joined Infinity War as one of the most Tweeted-about films of the year.

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On top of the extraordinary nomination for Best Picture, Black Panther was also nominated in the categories of Best Original Score (Ludwig Göransson), Original Song (Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s All the Stars), Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter), Production Design (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart), Sound Editing (Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker) and Sound Mixing (Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter J. Devlin). Combined, these seven nominations are the fifth most of any film from last year.

The 2019 Oscar Awards will be held on February 24 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.

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