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Black Panther is the First Superhero Movie Nominated for Best Picture
It almost happened for Batman: The Dark Knight in 2008, but shame, not quite. The hit film very narrowly missed a nomination as one of the top 5 films of the year, which caused such controversy that it actually changed the system. For the first time ever, The Academy evolved from nominating just 5 films per year in the Best Picture category, to nominating up to 10 films per year. But it would be another decade before a superhero movie actually made the cut. This year, it’s finally happened! And it couldn’t have been a more deserving film.
Ok, let’s look at the stats real quick. Marvel’s Black Panther took more than $700 million in the US alone. Globally, the film made more than $1.3 BILLION. Critically acclaimed and praised for highlighting culturally significant fashion and language, this superhero movie shared an important cultural message and created a social media movement.
So finally, in the 91st year of the Academy Awards, we have the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. And we couldn’t be more excited by the fact that it’s Black Panther, the racially diverse, culturally poignant film that features traditional African prints and Xhosa language, that’s making history in this way.