Black Panther makes Oscar history with first superhero Best Picture nomination

Black Panther makes Oscar history with first superhero Best Picture nomination

Darren Sullivan
January 23, 2019

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, Feb. 24, with the red carpet show starting up at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

And now here we are on Oscar nominations day and Roma leads the total nominations pack with 10, tied with the biting period dark comedy The Favourite. Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrelly each failed to net a nomination, potentially scuppering the Best Picture chances of A Star is Born and Green Book respectively.

However, after much backlash about representation of women and ethnic minorities over the past few years, there are yet again no women nominated in the best director category - meaning Kathryn Bigelow, who won the award for The Hurt Locker in 2010, will remain the only female victor of the prize for another year at least. There is one glaring omission from this year's best picture hopefuls - Netflix hasn't reported any theatrical grosses for Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma". The "BlacKkKlansman" filmmaker, an outspoken critic of the film academy, was first nominated in 1990 for the screenplay of "Do the Right Thing".

Here's hoping the Marvel film will take centre stage Feb 24th, with a history-making win. It has also received six other nominations. While Cooper received nominations in the best actor and best picture categories, it would've been nice to see him recognized for impressively directing his first feature film. One omission was "If Beale Street Could Talk", director Barry Jenkins' first new film since his best picture victor "Moonlight" two years ago.

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Staying with the Best Documentary category, Three Identical Strangers, the project directed by Tim Wardle which explores the remarkable story of triplets who became separated at birth but reunited years later, also misses out. Along with Lady Gaga and Colman, the best actress nominees are Yalitza Aparicio ("Roma"), Glenn Close ("The Wife") and Melissa McCarthy ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?").

It did land a nomination for Regina King in the best supporting actress category, best original score and best adapted screenplay.

The singer also picked up another nod for best original song for Shallow, along with co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. His co-star Adam Driver was recognised in the Best Supporting Actor category, but it's a shame to see Washington absent from this shortlist, as it's his performance that makes BlacKkKlansman the film that it is. Interestingly, Mary J Blige is the first person to get this honour, and she did that just previous year.

Powell, who was nominated for her costume work in both "Mary Poppins Returns" and "The Favourite", has earned 14 nominations (and has so far won three Oscars). This is the year we could get #JusticeForSpike, the year a weird lady-led historical drama about gossip could win big, the year we're nearly guaranteed another magnificent Regina King speech, the Year Of Black Panther, the year the Academy finally embraced the future of film.