The cast and crew of Black Panther earned a wide variety of accolades following the film’s release. Aside from the smashed box office records, the film scored universal praise on an unprecedented level from fans and critics all over the world. Critically, the movie has gone on to accomplish what superhero or comicbook films rarely do, so far. The final achievement for the film would be attained during awards season next winter, culminating with the Oscars in February. A superhero film has never won big at an awards show like the Oscars, but if any film can break the mold, it’s Black Panther.
This dream, while a long shot, has been on the minds of people like Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. The most reasonable assumption for Black Panther would be the design and technical categories like makeup, visual effects, or costume design, instead of the bigger categories like acting, directing, best picture, or writing. Earlier this year, the X-Men film Logan got nominated for a Best Screenplay award, and although it didn’t win, it definitely opened the door for the genre wider than it ever has before.
Feige recognizes that this would not be an easy feat. While the MCU has never failed to dominate the box office, winning an Oscar is a whole other ball game. While speaking to Vox, Feige had this to say about the Academy Awards:
“Almost everyone involved in that movie, bringing that movie together, is great, and it would be wonderful to see if they’re recognized. We’ll see. This genre, typically not.”