When Marvel Studios brought “Black Panther” to cinemas, it reignited, to a degree never before seen, the idea that a superhero film could be substantial enough to be ever nominated for a major award such as a Best Picture accolade. The Academy even briefly entertained the introduction of a Best-Selling Picture category to accommodate box office blockbusters like “Black Panther”, before squashing the notion. But while the Oscars dither on whether or not to include the rather influential film on its most prestigious award category, the Golden Globes has beaten them to it with their 2019 list of media nominees.
CNN reports that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has made its official announcement of all the nominees in film and television for the 76th Golden Globe Awards next year. The general trend being spotted for 2019 is that it would be studio blockbusters against a stable of critically acclaimed independent productions. But perhaps the biggest draw to the list is that Marvel Studios finally has an entry of their MCU superhero franchise in the running for a film award, Outstanding Motion Picture – Drama. The Golden Globes may have thus become the first to take a popcorn superhero movie that seriously.
This makes it the second honor that “Black Panther” has received moving into next year’s awards season, having already gotten a nod from the American Film Institute earlier this week. That one at least is already assured. But now, getting the movie that is now the third all-time highest-grossing movie in the US (only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Avatar” earned more) nominated with a chance to win an accolade for itself as a movie would make it seem like a repeat nomination at the Oscars is becoming more and more possible, and an unexpected vindication for superhero films.
“Black Panther” is pitted in its Drama category against major movie musicals like “A Star is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”. On the Outstanding Motion Picture – Comedy front, the biggest names are “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Mary Poppins Returns”, due to premiere this year. The MCU movie is also nominated in Outstanding Original Score, and Outstanding Original Song – Motion Pictures (for its theme “All the Stars”).
The superhero blockbuster, which starred Chadwick Boseman in the title role, was a major hit that touched hearts in the African-American and African communities for the portrayal of its characters, and the optimistic futurist vision of its primary setting, the technologically advanced kingdom of Wakanda.
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