Black Panther again made history this morning when it became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards. The film scored additional nominations in six other categories, including Best Original Score, Best Original Song for All the Stars, and Best Production Design. Still, some fans feel the Academy has overlooked Ryan Coogler for Best Director.
Though Ryan Coogler missed out on the nod, President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, recognized and reinforced the young director’s achievements on Black Panther:
“[Coogler] had a very personal story and struggle to explore, and he wanted to use this movie and this canvas to tell it. Looking over the past year at the cultural impact this movie has had around the world, it feels like the recognition from the Academy this morning is the pinnacle of that.”
Fans too were vocal about their decisions. Scroll down to check out what some fans are saying about Ryan Coogler’s snub:
Also Ryan Coogler should’ve definitely got a Oscar nomination for best director! Like come on..
— Kenya✨ (@daniellek_99) January 23, 2019
Despite 7 nominations I still think Ryan Coogler deserved best director nomination.
— Enje Jawher (@EnjeJawher) January 23, 2019
Also nominated for original song, production design, costume design, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score. Sadly Ryan Coogler wasn't nominated for Best director. I would love… https://t.co/htDIk1dEtW
— Garrett Johnson Jr (@panamaboyy) January 22, 2019
— Natasha L (@natashaofmay) January 22, 2019
I’m so happy for everyone involved in Black Panther for the Oscar nominations and I hope they win every one, but Ryan Coogler deserved more js js
— marya morevna🏳️🌈 (@tateinski) January 22, 2019
— Josephine's Daughter supports Simone Biles (@kpringer) January 22, 2019
#BlackPanther got nominated for Best Picture but Ryan Coogler didn’t get nominated for Best Director 🤔 I didn’t know movies are directing themselves these days.
— BB 🇯🇲 (@BondBontina) January 22, 2019
— 🦄glorious🔥🔮 (@HowAboutBeth) January 22, 2019
The lack of a Best Director nomination for Ryan Coogler and Best Supporting for Micheal B. Jordan makes the Best Picture nom for Black Panther seem like a token nomination after they canned the Popular Film category.
— Galen Ryder (@GalenRyder) January 22, 2019
What do you make of the lack of Best Director nomination for Ryan Coogler? Do you too believe the Black Panther director was snubbed or do you think the Academy made the right call with its current five nominees? Hit us up below with your comments and let us know your thoughts!
Here is the synopsis for Black Panther:
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther is now available on Digitial HD, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD.