Academy Awards – Disney Style!

What an amazing surprise!

As the Academy Award nominations rolled out today, who would have guessed that Black Panther would command SEVEN Academy Award nominations including one for Best Picture!  It’s too bad that Ryan Coogler (Director), Chadwick Boseman (Actor in a Lead Role as T’Challa / Black Panther), or Danai Gurira (Actress in a Supporting Role as Okoye) weren’t nominated.  They certainly deserved it.  But to see an action film get so much Oscar attention is a hopeful sign for the future.  The seven categories it is nominated in are: Best Picture, Costume Design, Music (Original Score), “All the Stars” (Original Song), Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

It’s tough to predict which ones Black Panther will win.  It will not likely win in Best Picture with heavy favorites like The Favourite and Roma dominating the nominations, but all the rest are up for grabs.  It would be nice to see it win for Original Song with many critics praising the innovative soundtrack for the film, but it’s against Lady Gaga for “Shallow” from A Star Is Born and fellow Disney studio film Mary Poppins Returns for “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”  It’s also competing with Mary Poppins Returns for Original Score, Production Design and Costume Design.  Although it was nice to see Mary Poppins Returns nominated for four different awards, I’m not sure if it’s the favorite in any of them.  I wonder what might have happened if they asked Lin-Manuel Miranda to write a few of the songs?

Emily Blunt is Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda is Jack in Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, a sequel to the 1964 MARY POPPINS, which takes audiences on an entirely new adventure with the practically perfect nanny and the Banks family. Nominated for four Academy Awards.

Interestingly, Black Panther did not get a nomination for Visual Effects, but again Disney dominated this category with three of the five films.  Fun fact, the three Disney films nominated were all from different studios under the Disney family tree – Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel), Christopher Robin (Disney Studios), and Solo: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm).  It’s tough competition with First Man and Ready Player One but Avengers: Infinity War would be my odds on favorite.

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, nominated for Visual Effects..Hulkbuster..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Disney again dominates the Best Animated Feature Film category.  It was no surprise to see Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet among the top 5, but surprise critics choice Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse not only was nominated, but seems to be the heavy favorite to win!  Even Bao (which to me was slightly disturbing) is nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has received massive critical acclaim and now an Academy Award Nomination for Best Animated Feature

With 17 nominations from the various Disney studio films, it is a strong year for Disney regardless of how many they ultimately win.  But it’s most nice to see Black Panther getting its due.

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2 thoughts on “Academy Awards – Disney Style!

  1. They should change the name of the Academy Awards to the Superhero awards if this trend continues. Black Panther for best picture, really? What’s next, Transformers 7? I give credit to Black Panther for the acting and visuals, but a cookie-cutter superhero story does not a best picture make. Just my opinion. I enjoyed reading your blog.

    1. Thanks for reading! It was only one movie to get the nomination much like the nomination of Beauty and the Beast created an award for feature-length animated film. The idea of “Best Picture” is highly subjective to begin with and Black Panther’s nomination was a nod to Disney/Marvel and especially to Director Ryan Coogler for the impact the film had on society in general (as well as being a great action movie). It didn’t get nominated for Best Screenplay or Actor or Actress or Director (usually prerequisites to actually winning) so I don’t think your fears will play out as expected. But I was glad to see it nominated. Perhaps in the future there will be a category for action films, comedies, and others that routinely get ignored?

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