THE DARK KNIGHT Director Christopher Nolan Predicts Best Picture Oscar Nomination For BLACK PANTHER

THE DARK KNIGHT Director Christopher Nolan Predicts Best Picture Oscar Nomination For BLACK PANTHER

Christopher Nolan, director of the critically acclaimed The Dark Knight Trilogy, recently made a prediction that Black Panther would receive a nomination for Best Picture at the 2019 Academy Awards...

Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight remains the most highly-decorated film based on a superhero, to date. There was, however, one substantial award that evaded the movie that Nolan believes won't escape the claws of Marvel Studios' recent critical and financial phenomenon, Black Panther.

Deadline spoke with Nolan at the Governors Ball after-party for this year's Academy Awards. Deadline doesn't quote Nolan directly but they do disclose that he predicted a Best Picture nomination for Black Panther at next years Oscars ceremony - and with Disney reportedly planning to campaign for Black Panther (and the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns) come award season, there's certainly a chance.

With the release of The Dark Knight, Nolan kickstarted the notion that superhero movies could be seen as more than just the popcorn-blockbusters they were always thought to be, which is why many believed the movie's exlusion from 2009's Best Picture category seemed absurd. This lead to the following year's ceremony nominating 10 films rather than 5. Still, the more prestigious awards have eluded the genre, with Heath Ledger's Best Supporting Actor win for his performance in The Dark Knight being a notable exception.

Michael B. Jordan, who plays Black Panther's acclaimed antagonist, has previously stated that he drew inspiration from Ledger's iteration of The Joker, so perhaps Jordan may have a chance at Best Supporting Actor.

Do you think Black Panther is Oscar-worthy? Which awards do you think it would be eligible for? What deserving superhero movie do you think the Oscars has snubbed in the past?
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