In case you missed the news yesterday, Marvel Studios finally garnered a milestone for the entire superhero genre. Last year’s wildly successful MCU entry Black Panther took in seven nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, most notably a nomination for Best Picture. While the superhero genre has undergone rapid growth over the past two decades, this marks the first time ever that a superhero film has been nominated for Best Picture. Not even critical darlings like Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight or James Mangold’s Logan were able to nab that particular nomination in previous Oscar seasons.
Needless to say, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took the time to comment on the news. He issued the following statement to EW:
“The word that keep coming to me from the moment it happened is just this humbling sense of pride for everyone involved in the movie. It’s the most important recognition that a film can receive in our industry. That’s not lost on any of us. It’s something that’s immensely gratifying.
As the numerous phone calls and text messages [show] that went back and forth between all of us who were lucky enough to work on the film, it is just … pride. I think Black Panther is a unique movie told by a unique filmmaker in a unique time.
It comes down to this amazing cast and crew, and a brilliant director who had something to say. He had a very personal story and struggle to explore, and he wanted to use this movie and this canvas to tell it. Looking over the past year at the cultural impact this movie has had around the world, it feels like the recognition from the Academy this morning is the pinnacle of that.
It’s about representation, and it’s about inclusion, and it’s about the importance of telling different types of stories. That the Academy recognized that this morning is extremely gratifying to all of us.”
While it’s probably unlikely that Black Panther wins the Best Picture Oscar, this is still massive news for the superhero genre. It opens the possibility for other future films in the genre to also be nominated or even win Best Picture.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly