Awards Season went into full swing when the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced. One of the most exciting things about this year is the love for Black Panther, which earned a total of seven nominations. Fans and Marvel stars alike have been celebrating the news, including Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman.
“We just made history. 7 nominations, including BEST PICTURE,” Boseman tweeted. “What an incredible honor. Thank you to @TheAcademy and congratulations to my entire @theblackpanther family! #Oscars #WakandaForever.”
We just made history. 7 nominations, including BEST PICTURE. What an incredible honor. Thank you to @TheAcademy and congratulations to my entire @theblackpanther family! 🙏🏾 #Oscars #WakandaForever https://t.co/5xNJOiMg4e pic.twitter.com/FGsl9q6TtC
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) January 23, 2019
The actor also included the recent Entertainment Weekly video promoting their upcoming Oscars 2019 issue, which features Black Panther as the cover.
Considering the widespread love for the Marvel Studios film and the fact that it was the highest grossing movie in the United States last year, it’s no surprise EW has deemed it cover-worthy. Their article praises the film, and credits the “remarkable social momentum” for its success.
Black Panther is the first superhero movie to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. The Academy’s decision to expand the Best Picture field to include up to 10 nominees is believed to be based on The Dark Knight‘s failure to earn a nomination a decade ago. In the time since, however, no superhero film has managed to crack the category until now.
In addition to Best Picture, Black Panther also scored nominations for Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Costume Design, and Production Design.
The winners of the 91st annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, February 24.