The King Of Wakanda Holds The Oscars' First Best Picture Nod For A Superhero Film

Wakanda Forever. (Image: Disney)

All hail the once and future king of Wakanda. Black Panther has now made Academy Awards history as the first superhero or comic book film nominated for Best Picture. And that’s not the only award the blockbuster Marvel film is gunning for at the 2019 Oscars.

The Academy has released its list of nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards and Marvel’s Black Panther has received a whopping seven nominations including Best Picture, Production Design, and Costuming. That not only makes Black Panther the first superhero film in history to be nominated for Best Picture, it also has the second-most Oscar nominations for a superhero or comic book film—ten years ago The Dark Knight received eight nominations and won two, including Best Supporting Actor for the late Heath Ledger.

Sadly, Black Panther wasn’t nominated for Best Makeup and Hairstyling (a recognition it certainly deserved) - the category Suicide Squad won back in 2017. It also wasn’t nominated for Best Visual Effects despite Marvel’s now-deleted tweet claiming otherwise (Avenger: Infinity War was nominated in that category). Whoopsie.

Elsewhere, Golden Globe winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was nominated for Best Animated Film, alongside Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Mary Poppins Returns, which received several nominations at the Golden Globes, was largely snubbed this time around, being ignored for Best Picture and only garnering a few nominations—none of which were for acting or writing. Another notable snub belongs to women behind the scenes. This was yet another year with no women were nominated for Best Director or Best Cinematography. Also, none of the films nominated for Best Picture were directed by women. Again.

Despite that annual setback, it was a good year for Black Panther, Spider-Man, and superhero films everywhere—especially following that disastrous and since-canceled Best Popular Film category, which some took to believe was going to be a way to keep blockbuster films out of the more “prestigious” categories. Of course, being nominated doesn’t mean it will win, and the likelihood of that actually happening is pretty damn slim. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst friends.

Here’s the full list of nominees this year:

Best Picture

  • Black Panther
  • BlakkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born
  • Vice

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott, A Star is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Marina De Tavira, Roma
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star is Born

Best Writing, Original Screenplay

  • The Favourite
  • First Reformed
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • Vice

Best Animated Film

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Cinematography

  • Cold War
  • The Favourite
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born

Costume Design

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mary Queen of Scots

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Border
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Vice

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Pawel Pawlikowski, Cold War

Production Design

  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma

Film Editing

  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Vice

Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Christopher Robin
  • First Man
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Score

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song

  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther
  • “I’ll Fight,” RBG
  • “The Place Where the Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Sound Editing

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • A Quiet Place
  • Roma

Sound Mixing

  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born

Best Feature-Length Documentary

  • Free Solo
  • Hale Country This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding the Gap
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RBG

Best Short-Length Documentary

  • Black Sheep
  • End Game
  • Lifeboat
  • A Night at the Garden
  • Period. End of Sentence

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Capernaum
  • Cold War
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

Best Animated Short Film

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bao
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Best Live-Action Short Film

  • Detainment
  • Fauve
  • Margueritte
  • Mother
  • Skin

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    I liked the movie, but I probably wouldn't say it's "Best Picture" material.

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