Director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther gives the Marvel Cinematic Universe its first solo showcase for a black superhero, the Avenger also known as T’Challa, king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the film also features Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman, and opened to record-breaking box office on February 15, 2018.
Black Panther is now the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. The movie scored seven total nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. In addition to its milestone Best Picture nod, Black Panther is nominated for Original Score, Original Song (“All the Stars”), Costume Design, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Whether or not it wins Best Picture or any of those other categories, the film’s nominations cap off what has been one of the most successful runs for a superhero movie in history.