Ryan Coogler, who so far is three for three with directing great movies that incidentally happen to star Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther), will be recognized with a “Director of the Year” award at CinemaCon later this month. Coogler, of course, is being recognized for his latest film, which is easily the biggest hit of 2017 so far.
Coogler will be presented with a major accolade at CinemaCon’s Big Screen Achievement Awards for directing, which will be held on April 26. Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, issued the following statement celebrating Coogler’s stellar output in a short span of time:
“In just a few short years, Ryan Coogler has positioned himself as one of the most dynamic, talented and successful directors of our time. With the release of Black Panther, he has given us a film that is not just a box office juggernaut in grossing more than $1.3 billion globally, but a film that has crossed all cultures and ethnicities and has resonated beyond anyone’s wildest imagination from a societal standpoint. His is a landmark film and we couldn’t be more delighted to be honoring him as our Director of the Year.”
By every measure, it appears that Marvel‘s Black Panther has succeeded beyond Disney’s wildest expectations, and Coogler’s recognition for his work certainly bodes well if the company is indeed making a big push for the film to enter the awards circuit less than a year from now. Here’s hoping that Coogler’s career only continues to blossom.
Black Panther is still playing in theaters. The movie features a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T’Chaka, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Michael B. Jordan as Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Golden Jaguar), Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Winston Duke as M’Baku (Man-Ape).