“Black Panther” nabs Oscar’s best picture nomination, making it the first superhero film to do so.
Disney’s “Black Panther” has done something no other superhero flick has ever done — nab a best picture Oscar nomination.
The superhero film directed by Ryan Coogler has been hailed as a breakthrough for representation in Hollywood and smashed box-office records last year. “Black Panther” was the top-grossing film in North America in 2018, garnering more than $700 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and north of $1.3 billion worldwide.
The movie is the ninth highest-grossing film in box-office history, and, with this nomination, becomes the third highest-grossing best picture nomination behind “Avatar” and “Titanic.”
“Black Panther” was nominated alongside “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”
Despite its box-office prowess and critical acclaim, “Black Panther” remained an underdog heading into this year’s Academy Awards season. Superhero films have long been snubbed at the Oscars. Most notably, “The Dark Knight” was shut out of the race for best picture despite receiving eight nominations and picking up two trophies.
Public backlash over the snub caused the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to expand the best picture nominee list to a maximum of 10 films in 2009, instead of the traditional five spots.