Every year, there are some mainstream films that make the push for Oscar consideration. These films are generally well-received by critics, but even critics realize there’s a difference between a great movie, and a movie that the Academy would even remotely consider Oscar-worthy. This past year, that film was Wonder Woman, a critical darling and pop culture sensation.
This coming year, that film may very well be Black Panther, another critical darling that has taken the mainstream world by storm, raking in nearly $1B worldwide. Now, Deadline is reporting that Disney has plans to campaign Black Panther for Best Picture for next year’s Oscars, and given the impact it’s had and the praise it’s getting for its nuance, I can see it having a good deal more momentum than Wonder Woman (which was a solid film, but was a bit of a retread of stories we’ve seen time and again).
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That’s not the only film Disney is looking to push. Mary Poppins Returns is another upcoming movie the House of Mouse is proud of, and believes is worthy of Oscar consideration. While it’s not clear if this exec the outlet spoke thinks star Emily Blunt’s portrayal is worthy of a Best Actress in a Leading Role award, he did saw that she knocked it out of the park.
In an interesting aside, the outlet pointed out that Disney is the only major studio not to have won an award (not counting their previous association with Miramax), which is an interesting little piece of trivia.
Do you think Black Panther is Oscar-worthy, and does this word about Mary Poppins Returns have you more excited for the sequel? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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