Disney Starts Campaigning For ‘Black Panther’ Oscar

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 Although the Most Popular Film category has been shelved by the Academy, that isn’t stopping Disney from promoting Black Panther for recognition at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The Marvel wonder has made over $700 million dollars domestically.

Which is quite impressive but internationally it has accumulated over $1 billion dollars which is staggering and a testament to how good this film is. It is currently the ninth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.

All that aside, Black Panther, while it definitely is a crowd pleaser is worthy of consideration for the highest honor in filmmaking. The Ryan Coogler venture boasts some of the best performances of the year.

Oddly enough Coogler was originally afraid to take on the comic book legend. Audiences are glad he did. In an interview last February, the director spoke about why he decided to tackle one of the most anticipated Marvel movies:

 “I wanted to tell epic stories, stories that felt big and fantastic. I liked that feeling as an audience member when it felt like I went on a flight and felt out of breath and I couldn’t stop thinking about it days later. I wanted to make stuff that gave people that feeling – but I wanted to do it for people who look like me and people I grew up with.”

Chadwick Boseman who played T’Challa knew the film was going to be a winner when he saw the reaction overseas:

“As we premiered the movie in Korea, in London, after the L. A. premiere, we started to see how the world was going to receive it. We knew that a lot of black people were excited about the movie. But I think when we started to see the response overseas, that’s when I started to go, ‘Oh, wow, this is a big deal.’”

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Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars: Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Source: Rolling Stone, Esquire