Marvel is rewriting history this 2019 Awards Season. Last week, Black Panther made history as the first ever superhero film to cop a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Telling the story of an African king who is tasked to lead his people to a new era, the very nomination is a grand feat in itself with previous movies in the same genre, struggling to gain the same attention. But while the internet was initially divided over the decision, its recent success at the 2019 Screen Actor Guild Awards proves its a worthy contender at next months ceremony.
Taking place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the film industry’s biggest and best stepped out to honour the next round of award-winners on Sunday night. Among them, it was Chadwick Boseman and his team who cleaned up – winning two out of two nominations.
Early in the evening, Black Panther won Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture, while it was its triumph for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture that has sceptics in two minds ahead of the Oscars. Pinned up against the likes of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody, its predominately black-star cast including Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o lead the film to victory.
As its stands, the Black Panther win banishes any suggestion that the film was nominated for the Oscars as damage control amid the controversial #OscarsSoWhite scandal, with the film also nabbing another five nominations. Those being, Best Original Score, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and lastly, Production Design – making Hannah Beachler the first African-American nominee in the academy’s history.
It is only a matter of time to see if Black Panther will live deliver some Oscar wins. Tune into The Academy Awards, airing on Monday 25th February at 12 noon (AEST).