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Superhero movies are all the rage nowadays but they are rarely given credit at the Academy Awards. Well, this year is a bit different. After smashing box office records and gaining praise from fans and critics alike, Marvel’s Black Panther has now reached a new milestone for the genre. The movie received a grand total of seven nominations for the 2019 Oscars, including one for Best Picture. The highly sought-after award is usually reserved for more, let’s say, traditional dramas so this is a pretty big deal.

Although Black Panther already made history thanks to this nomination, the movie could truly exceed all expectations by actually winning the award. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be an easy task. Black Panther has some stiff competition in the Best Picture category, with Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and Green Book all aiming for the same prize. The rest of the nominees include BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Roma, and Vice.

In addition to being nominated for Best Picture, Black Panther grabbed six other nominations. Namely, Best Original Song, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Not necessarily the most prestigious categories, but let’s be realistic here. Sadly, it’s pretty unlikely that a superhero movie will win an Oscar for Best Picture so any sort of award Black Panther can win will be a big step forward for the genre.

Infinity War Was Almost Entirely Snubbed

Interestingly enough, Avengers: Infinity War was only nominated for Best Visual Effects. Despite being on par, if not better, than Black Panther in many aspects. Having said that, Black Panther was certainly a good movie so we can’t be too mad about the situation. Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Christopher Robin, and First Man are the other nominees in the Best Visual Effects category.

Meanwhile, the highly praised Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse seems to have a good shot at winning the only category it was nominated for, Best Animated Film. The competition here includes Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Incredibles 2 is a fan-favorite for many people but Spider-Man definitely has a better chance of walking away with the award.

Not a Bad Year, All Things Considered

Overall, a pretty good year for superhero movies. Avengers: Infinity War probably (definitely) should have received more nominations but let’s hope it at least wins the Best Visual Effects award. Chances are a bit slim considering Ready Player One is also up there but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. And, of course, we’ll also be rooting for Black Panther all the way.

This year the Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 24th.