Could Black Panther be the first comic book movie to receive an Oscar nomination?
Last year, around this time, we were asking the exact same question about Logan. Logan didn’t pick up a Best Picture nomination but it was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, which would seem to suggest that the Academy is slowly coming around to accepting that so-called “Super Hero Films” can also be legitimate Oscar contenders.
As for Black Panther, it is currently the most critically acclaimed and financially successful film of 2018. For those who say that there’s no way the Academy will ever nominate a comic book film for best picture, it should be remembered that there was a time when people said that Academy would never nominate a horror comedy for Best Picture. Much like Get Out, Black Panther could prove the naysayers wrong.
Anyway, here are my Oscar predictions for February. As always, it ‘s really way too early to be making these predictions. Usually, Sundance provides at least a little bit of a guide but this year, Sundance was pretty low-key. The most obvious Sundance Oscar contender — Burden — doesn’t even have a release date yet.
Also, the uncertain status of The Weinstein Company has thrown a lot of films into limbo. Some of the unreleased TWC films might find homes with other studios. Others will probably be left in limbo. Then again, even if those films do get a release, I doubt the Academy is going to nominate any films stained with the noxious fingerprints of the Weinsteins.
Even more than usual, the guesses below are random. At this time next year, we’ll probably look at this list and laugh. Some of you might laugh today.
Mary, Queen of Scots
A Star is Born
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
The Women of Mawren
Ryan Coogler for Black Panther
Andrew Heckler for Burden
Richard Linklater for Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Steve McQueen for Widows
Josie Rourke for Mary, Queen of Scots
Christian Bale in Untitled Adam McKay/Dick Cheney film
Lucas Hedges in Boy Erased
Ryan Gosling in First Man
Jake Gyllenhaal in Wildfire
Garrett Hedlund in Burden
Cate Blanchett in Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Viola Davis in Widows
Keira Knightley in Collette
Chloe Grace Moretz in The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Saorise Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots
Best Supporting Actor
Jeff Bridges in Bad Times at the El Royale
Robert Duvall in Widows
Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther
Rami Malek in Papillon
Forest Whiteaker in Burden
Best Supporting Actress
Claire Foy in First Man
Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased
Leslie Mann in The Women of Mawren
Lupita Nyong’o in Black Panther
Margot Robie in Mary, Queen of Scots