Black Panther’s Goal Is To Win Best Picture Oscar, Not Popular Oscar, Says Chadwick Boseman

We all know that the Academy Awards are coming up with a new Popular Film category but it seems like this isn’t really the most sought prize for Black Panther.

Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular character in the film also revealed that he is hopeful that the film will make its presence count at the Oscar next year.

“We don’t know what it [the new prize] is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” Boseman told THR’s Awards Chatter podcast. “What I can say is that there’s no campaign [that we are mounting] for popular film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for best picture, and that’s all there is to it.”

Boseman also wished to see more films like Black Panther to not just limit to the “Poplar Films Category”, keeping in mind the tremendous impact the film made on both, the box office and the audiences.

“A good movie is a good movie,” Boseman said, “and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ [in the minds of Academy members] because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [which have tended in recent years to not be blockbusters] wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides.” The actor adds, “For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”

While many fans will credit the CGI and visual team for a superhero film’s success, Chadwick revealed how tough it is to pull off a project like this.

“What we did was very difficult,” Boseman said. “We created a world, we created a culture … we had to create a religion, a spirituality, a politics; we had to create an accent; we had to pull from different cultures to create clothing styles and hairstyles. It’s very much like a period piece. … So, as far as that’s concerned, I dare any movie to try to compare to the [level of] difficulty of this one. And the fact that so many people liked it — if you just say it’s [merely] popular, that’s elitist.”

The new category that will be introduced is officially called the “Outstanding Achievement In Popular Film” and is an attempt by the Academy to include more popular films in the event to increase the overall ratings of the prestigious awards show.


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