Good day for comic book movies at the Oscars
Black Panther, that big African film that revealed we have a whole hidden afro futuristic civilization hiding somewhere [Read on Legend of Africa], is still making major moves one year later. Black Panther joined the small pack of superhero films recognized at the Oscars. Not only that, it joins an even smaller category of CBM’s to be nominated outside the technical categories and the first superhero film to be nominated in the best picture category. Big shoes indeed for such a big foot of a newer age of superhero films.
Black Panther got not one but three Oscars and the same made history as Marvel Studios had never won an Oscars. It has picked up Oscars wins in Best Costumes, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. It lost in the Best Original Song (to A Star Is Born), Best Sound Mixing (to Bohemian Rhapsody), and Best Sound Editing (to Bohemian Rhapsody) and the big best picture award went to Green Book. Its counterpart, Avengers Infinity War [Read on Endgame Synopsis] lost the best VFX to The First Man which hasn’t been received nicely by marvel fans.
Traditionally, comic book movies have gotten snubbed at the Oscars, as only a handful of comic book or superhero movies have even picked up nominations. Superhero films weren’t seen as art, more like fun entertainment for mostly children and those invested in the comic book scene. Outside of The Dark Knight, Logan and Black Panther, most superhero movies are recognized by the Academy for visual effect or sound categories. However in just a decade, the works of Christopher Nolan in the dark knight trilogy, Sam Raimi in the Spider-man trilogy and the beginning of the marvel cinematic universe under Kevin Feige has transformed the superhero movie genre to the biggest in Hollywood with everyone wanting a piece of the cake.
Also side by side, Spider-man: into the spider verse bagged the best animation film which it fully deserved. The whole movie was A bit of a conceptual dare, but it won the hearts of the audience with its nano-second sharp timing, and percussive rat-a-tat-tatting of panels and split screens that make the action and visual gags feel jumpy and alive, first of its kind but takes nothing from the heartfelt fun joy that was the film. The makers set out to make the best superhero film and they delivered their all.
The future is looking bright for CBM, with the demand still high, a more diverse tone, setting and direction is the next step which will lead to better and more artistic renditions of these superhero stories that the Oscars will have no option but to include. Black Panther has shown us it’s possible and we better believe it.
Till next time, WAKANDA FOREVER.
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By NAICCON on Feb 28, 2019