The Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” is up for a Best Picture Academy Award and could pick up a ton of other Oscar hardware as well.
The movie starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role also is up for costume design, music (original score), music (original song; “All the Stars”), production design, sound editing and sound mixing.
Other Best Picture nominees include “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favorite,” “Green Book,” Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”
The “Black Panther” character debuted in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” headquartered at the Pinewood Studios facility. “Black Panther” itself filmed chiefly at EUE/Screen Gems with some work done at Tyler Perry’s new studio facility and a few scenes shot on location throughout Atlanta.
"It's not just a movie. It's become its own thing," Boseman told the Associated Press during red-carpet interviews in Hollywood. "It's a movement. People are excited about the cultural aspect of it. I'm excited about it because I know it's good."
The movie was directed by Ryan Coogler, featured a cameo from late Marvel icon Stan Lee and starred Michael B. Jordan ,Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Florence Kasumba, John Kani and David S. Lee.
The movie packed theaters even ahead of its official Feb. 16, 2018 release. Samuel L. Jackson made a surprise appearance on the stage of Atlanta’s Fox Theatre at an advance screening:
Local notables that night included recording artists/actors Big Boi, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, actress Kim Fields, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and movie honchos David Grant (vice president of Marvel Studios) and Charles Rivkin (chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America).
“Black Panther” quickly transcended the realm of entertainment to become a cultural event.
Shortly after its release, Atlanta rapper/actor T.I. and his wife Tiny hosted a “Black Panther” screening for hundreds of students from Tri-Cities, Benjamin E. Mays, Druid Hills high schools and Usher's New Look Foundation.
Marvel is celebrating the movie’s raft of nominations.
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