Black Panther made a huge splash this year becoming one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most acclaimed films. The action, visuals and all that jazz were great but what was really stressed upon was Michael B. Jordan’s acclaimed performance as Erik “Killmonger” Stevens. Killmonger was a great villain which was a surprise coming from the MCU as their villains (except Loki) weren’t exactly fantastic.
From a cultural standpoint, Black Panther no doubt made an impact with some considering it worthy to earn some recognition at the Academy Awards. Granted, it would get some love in the technical categories and perhaps even costume but considering how much the film resonated with people, there’s some hope it could capture nominations on acting, directing, writing and even in the esteemed Best Picture category.
Jordan spoke to Essence on the possibility of Black Panther getting some love at the upcoming Oscars. While Jordan is excited about the possibility, he highlights the film’s cultural impact as a huge achievement in itself. He said:
“The movie has done such a great job, broke through so many glass ceilings, and made such an impact culturally and around the world. If the Academy chooses to recognize that project for all of those reasons that’s amazing icing on the cake, but I think what the movie has done so far is truly incredible and a win all its own. I felt so accomplished doing this movie, but it’s not up to me to validate the film. So the people who make those decisions, that’s something they have to think about and figure out on their own.”
Even if the film doesn’t get a ton of love at the Oscars, look at the bank it made!!! In all seriousness though, Black Panther already made a huge achievement and not just in the financial department. It’s already getting some love at certain awards ceremonies so it could be telling of what to expect later on. Granted, some of those ceremonies are pretty bulls–t but with all the support the film’s getting, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the MCU gets its first Best Picture nomination.