Superhero movies rule the box-office roost and that has been the case for years now. How successful are they when it comes to bagging some prestigious award? Black Panther seems to be everyone’s favourite superhero ever since it hit the screens in early 2018 and also appeared on the list of Top 3 highest grossing movies in the domestic US circuit. The last we heard is Disney’s push for the movie to get an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. With critics and fans to have been equally pleased, we’ll try to understand if this could happen.
The Ryan Coogler directorial has been the hot topic of discussion from comic fans who they think this movie is every bit deserving of an Oscar nomination. This becomes interesting as the Academy has announced several categories that would honour ‘Popular Films’ from the next year’s ceremony. There are mixed reactions about this announcement as these awards would be to satisfy fans than actual artistic pleasure.
“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,” one Oscar consultant shared with the L.A. Times. “The funny thing is that Dawn would be way more disappointed than anyone at Marvel.”
We saw a rarity in this when late actor Heath Ledger bagged an Oscar posthumously for his fantastic role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. The specifications of what could define a ‘popular film’ are yet to be done by the Academy and are often said to satisfy fans. An Oscar consultant is said to have been quoted as, “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.” This is quite a tricky situation to be precise.
Disney won’t give up on Black Panther landing on the Best Picture category even if these popular categories are introduced.