Walt Disney Studios has begun their 2018 Academy Award Campaign for Black Panther.
Studios campaign with the intent to get their movies seen by as many people as possible. They do this through ads, screenings, parties, lobbying, etc. The buzz created by these campaigns can sometimes be the difference between someone viewing a film or not. The greater the buzz, the more likely members of the Academy are to go and see them, thus increasing their chances of bringing home one of those shiny, golden men.
This year, Disney has begun their campaign for Black Panther and announced the list of awards they hope to be considered for. The categories Black Panther is hoping to be nominated for include:
- Best Picture – Kevin Feige, p.g.a.
- Best Director – Ryan Coogler
- Best Adapted Screenplay – Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole
- Best Actor – Chadwick Boseman
- Best Supporting Actor – Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis
- Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett
- Best Cinematography – Rachel Morrison
- Best Film Editing – Michael P. Shawver, Debbie Berman ACE
- Best Production Design
- Production Designer – Hannah Beachler
- Set Decorator – Jay Hart
- Best Costume Design – Ruth Carter
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Joel Harlow, Camille Friend, Ken Diaz
- Best Sound Mixing
- Re-Recording Mixers – Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor
- Sound Mixer– Peter Devlin
- Best Sound Editing
- Supervising Sound Editors – Benjamin A. Burtt, Steve Boeddeker
- Best Visual Effects – Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick
- Best Original Score – Ludwig Göransson
- Best Original Song – “All The Stars”
- Written By – K. Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Solana Rowe
- Performed By – Kendrick Lamar, Sza
Black Panther is the story of a modern, uncolonized utopian Africa and a modern African hero. Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) becomes king of Wakanda (a hidden and technologically advanced kingdom) and must defend his throne against Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), a rogue mercenary. Wakanda’s elite security force is comprised of all females led by Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. T’Challa’s tech-savvy sister (Letitia Wright) and mother (Angela Bassett) are also portrayed as strong, intelligent women who help to defend Wakanda and their king.
As the Academy Awards will soon draw near, you may want to watch (or re-watch) Black Panther as it works to claim recognition in all of these categories. Will you stand with Wakanda at this year’s Oscars?
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