History has been made. Black Panther has become the first superhero movie to earn an Academy Award nomination for the Best Picture category.
Prior to the historic nomination, superhero movies have largely been shunned at prestigious award shows, mostly earning nominations for their visual effects work. However, as the genre has gained in popularity and quality, it has been increasingly difficult for the Academy to continue to ignore movies like Black Panther.
The road for this breakthrough nomination was paved over a decade ago after Christopher Nolan’s transcendent superhero movie The Dark Knight was controversially excluded from the Best Picture category. After the backlash, the Academy decided to increase the number of nominations for the category to make room for movies like Black Panther.
The Ryan Coogler film earned rave reviews when it opened back in February on its way to a highly successful box office run that topped over $1 billion at the global box office. As the award season began, Disney doubled down on pushing the movie to qualify for the Best Picture and it finally broke ground for superhero movies.
Black Panther joins BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice as the other nominations for Best Picture.
In total, Black Panther earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Costume Design, Original Score, Original Song, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.