In Deadline‘s Oscars recap, a lot of knowledge was dropped on how Disney will push the film next year for awards, as well as an Academy voter predicting a Black Panther nomination for the top award of the year.
Dunkirk director and Academy voter Christopher Nolan predicts as Black Panther Best Picture nomination and become the first-ever comic book film to do so. Deadline’s Pete Hammond noted that the reason the Best Picture nominations can be up to 10 today is because of The Dark Knight not being included in the category several years ago.
A Disney exec also told Deadline “flat out” that they would be campaigning for Black Panther and their upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, which stars Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Out of the categories, Black Panther would probably be considered the most for the main categories of Best Picture and Best Director — and possibly Best Adapted Screenplay. Also, there’s a slew of technical categories, including Costume Design, Cinematography and Editing, among others. Basically, they could make a sweep of these categories. As far as the acting categories, the film may not fare as well here, but many pundits believe the performance which could get a lot of love is Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger in the category of Best Supporting Actor, since Chadwick Boseman would compete as Best Lead Actor in a presumably heavy category as it is always.
Others could be Danai Gurira as Okoye or Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia in the Best Supporting Actress category, with the latter having the best chance because of her previous win.
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