As we are inching closer to the awards season, it’s becoming clear that Black Panther is going to be one of Marvel’s biggest opportunities to take some awards home. While Marvel has been continuously pushing the film in many categories at the Awards, the National Board of Review has named it among the top offerings of the year.

Although the NBR named Green Room as the best film of the year, it listed Black Panther as a “Top Film” alongside “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Mary Poppins Returns, Roma, A Star Is Born, Eighth Grade and First Reformed.”

This isn’t the first honour that Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has received this year. The film took home top Awards at annual BET Awards apart from being named Film of the Year by the Hollywood Film Awards.

Now, Marvel is pushing Black Panther forward in 16 categories at the 91st Academy Awards including Best Director, Best actor and Best Picture.

Kevin Feige earlier spoke about his thoughts on chasing Oscars for Black Panther.

“I think there are a lot of amazing artists that helped to make that movie, and it would be wonderful if they could be recognized,” Feige said. “Almost everyone involved in that movie, bringing that movie together, is great, and it would be wonderful to see if they’re recognized. We’ll see. This genre, typically not.

“And I think it would be a wonderful thing for Panther and for our production designer Hannah [Beachler], and our costume designer Ruth [Carter], and for Ryan [Coogler] who co-wrote the script with Joe Robert Cole, and of course directed the movie. And Michael B. Jordan, and Chadwick [Boseman] and Lupita [Nyong’o] and Letitia [Wright].”

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