Here is something no one is surprised about. Marvel Studios has been making waves with their 2018 hit Black Panther. It is considered one of the most culturally relevant films of its time by many, as it managed to become one of the biggest Blockbuster films with a predominantly African-American cast. The film was deeply rooted in African culture and challenged the perception of a classic superhero film. As such, there have been many fans rooting for the film to finally nab that Best Picture nomination. Seems like Marvel Studios heavily agrees as Kevin Feige hired Oscar strategist Cynthia Swartz to work towards a nomination in the famous category. According to the Marvel Studios CEO, it was director Ryan Coogler‘s strong personal investment and vision that helped solidify this film’s cultural relevance and solidify this film as the perfect one to start their first major Oscar campaign.
“I would like to see the hard work and the effort and the vision and the belief of the talented filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who sat across the table from us a few years ago and said, ‘I have been wrestling with questions about my past and my heritage and I think I really want to tell a story within this movie.’ And that he did it so unbelievably well and with so much impact … seeing that potentially being recognized is what excites me the most.”
Marvel Studio has come a long way from the time the creative committee held a tight grip on the film’s developments. This also is an interesting move by the production company. The Academy added a new “Popular Film” category that pulled in quite some backlash. This category seemed like a cheap attempt to separate popular Blockbuster films from the usual Best Picture nominations. This still won’t stop Marvel Studios from moving forward with their Oscar campaign. Still, it will be an exciting build up towards the moment we finally get the official nominations.
Are you excited? Do you think they will get a nomination?
Source: Los Angeles Times via Screenrant