Black Panther lost out for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards and folks aren’t too happy about it. Sadly, there was no Moonlight/La La Land Oscar mix up that could heal our sorrows, and instead, Green Book nabbed the grand prize.
Black Panther, which follows the Superhero, T’challa, the leader of the African Nation, Wakanda, a technologically-advanced nation on earth. Black Panther was a spectacular success for Marvel.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film brought in $1.35b dollars at the global box office and has picked up a whole host of awards since its initial release.
So why exactly did Black Panther deserve to win Best Picture? Black Panther provided a whole new take on the superhero genre, with an astounding twist on what the genre should be.
At first glance, the film is your typical superhero stereotype, yet subverts those trappings very quickly, with a villainous character such as Killmonger, who is as complex as he is morally ambiguous — with a backstory to rationalize each and every one of his actions.
All the characters within the film are wonderfully three-dimensional, and the film proves that there is no small part and that each role is as important as the next. Even better — it has a vast amount of female characters, that carry as much depth as the protagonist — which is hard to come across in cinema these days.
More importantly, the film has a majority black cast which is refreshing, not just for a superhero but for any movie. Honestly. Not only is diversity on the screen immensely important — but it also exists behind the camera and beyond.
Aside from all of this — Black Panther is honestly just a downright enjoyable film. And arguably one of the greatest films to come out of the Marvel Universe, along with Avengers: Infinity War.
It has the unfounded depth that rarely exists in the Superhero genre. And is a hugely important piece of work when examining race, not just within the film, but within the industry as a whole.
What do you guys think about Black Panther losing out to Green Book? Do you agree with the choice, or do you agree that the film was snubbed and should have taken home the grand prize?
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