Updated September 11, 2018: The Walt Disney Company has formally launched their 'For Your Consideration' marketing campaign to encourage Academy Awards voters to nominate Black Panther in all its categories, but 20 specifically - including "Best Picture," "Best Director" for Ryan Coogler, and "Best Actor" for Chadwick Boseman. Almost all major cast members are listed for consideration in various acting categories.
The full list can be found here.
"Black Panther is director Ryan Coogler’s take on a modern African hero and a utopian vision of what an uncolonized Africa might look like," reads Marvel's description of the movie in the campaign materials. "The film explores the conflict between two powerful men, one African and one African-American, who are mirror images of each other, each grappling with his own history, home and very identity. When Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of the hidden, technologically advanced kingdom Wakanda, he is forced to defend his throne against rogue mercenary Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Wakanda is also alive with strong, intelligent women - from Wakanda’s elite all-female security force, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira, to T’Challa’s own tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett) - who are portrayed as equals to the men they protect and advise."
The studio plan a series of screenings for Academy Award voters before nominations are due.
The 2019 Academy Awards nominees are scheduled to be announced January 22, 2019, with the awards ceremony taking place February 24, 2019.
Original Story: Marvel Studios has launched a campaign for ' Black Panther to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times notes the presence of the cast at the 2018 Academy Awards, which took place close to Black Panther's release. Black Panther won't be eligible for nomination til the 2019 ceremony - but the newspaper says Oscar buzz for the film began with that showing.