MARVEL's BLACK PANTHER Oscar Campaign Revealed

Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman
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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.

“I would like to see the hard work and the effort and the vision and the belief of the talented filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who sat across the table from us a few years ago and said, ‘I have been wrestling with questions about my past and my heritage and I think I really want to tell a story within this movie,’” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told the Times of the potential for a Black Panther Oscar nomination. “And that he did it so unbelievably well and with so much impact … seeing that potentially being recognized is what excites me the most.”
 
But the Times also reports that the 2019 Oscars' new category for Best Popular Film - meant to reflect films of popular note rather than films that were notable mostly among Academy members - may throw a wrench in the works by potentially giving Black Panther a different Oscar niche.
 
“Right now, I think [Academy Chief Executive] Dawn Hudson would crawl in a hole if Black Panther gets snubbed for Best Picture and winds up landing in the Popular Film category,” an unnamed Oscar consultant told the L.A. Times. “The funny thing is that Dawn would be way more disappointed than anyone at Marvel.”
 
“I think [an Oscar for Black Panther] would be wonderful,” Feige concluded. “The people behind the camera, the people on screen that acted in the movie, any of them being recognized would bring us great joy because they did tremendous work. And it’s always nice when tremendous work is recognized.”
 
Other unnamed Oscar insiders told the Times the path to a Best Picture nomination could be through nominations for categories such as Best Director or Best Actor.
 
The 2019 Academy Awards nominees are scheduled to be announced January 22, 2019, with the awards ceremony taking place February 24, 2019.
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