Oscars: Ryan Coogler Reacts To ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Nominations

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Ryan Coogler has shared a statement regarding the Academy Award nominations of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

With the full list of nominees for the 95th Academy Awards now available, Ryan Coogler has thanked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for recognizing the work that went into Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The Marvel Studios feature earned five nominations, including Best Original Song for “Lift Me Up,” which was co-written by Coogler.

“It was an honor to work with these incredible musicians in crafting a song for our film and for our friend, Coogler said in his statement. “It was meant to be a tribute to love and the specter of loss, and I couldn’t be happier that it is being recognized.”

The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director added: “Immense congratulations to Angela and our creative teams on their nominations. The story of Wakanda is built in front of and behind the camera, and I couldn’t be more honored to work with these incredible artists. The Academy’s acknowledgement of their work is greatly deserved.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has scheduled the 95th Academy Awards for March 13, 2023, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting the ceremony for the third time. The event is being held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Wakanda Forever was directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay he co-wrote alongside Joe Robert Cole. The film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman and Angela Bassett.

What did HH think of the Black Panther sequel?

In Heroic Hollywood’s review of the movie Ryden Scarnato wrote “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with T’Challa’s death becoming permanent due to Boseman’s real-life passing and the story now following the world of Wakanda dealing with that grief. While the film is an ensemble, it ultimately rests on the shoulders of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda.”

“When it comes to performances, everyone here is at the top of their game, and you can’t help but think that’s because of how intertwined the film is with real life. With Wright and Bassett serving as focal points, the two are the strongest of the bunch, with incredibly personal moments that are some of the most heartfelt we’ve ever seen in the MCU. Shuri’s larger role in the film, in particular, also works for those who might have reservations.”

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.