What Black Panther's Best Picture Golden Globe Nod Could Mean For Its Oscar Chances

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Marvel's Black Panther is regarded by many film fans and critics as one of the best—and most important—films of 2018. Chadwick Boseman led a cast of almost all black actors, becoming the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first black superhero to have a solo movie. The director, Ryan Coogler, is already set to do a sequel.

Since its release in February, Black Panther has gone on to break a ton of box office records, but industry insiders have wondered whether its popularity would translate to awards season gold. Today, they got the first inkling of an answer when the film earned a total of three Golden Globe nominations, including one for Best Motion Picture - Drama.

Not only is Black Panther's recognition at the Golden Globes important, but the fact that it's in the drama category, which is almost always more competitive, is impressive. It's the first superhero film to ever be nominated for a Golden Globe in this category.

While the filmmakers are surely just thrilled to be nominated, one can't help but wonder if the award recognition will pave the way for some Oscar love, too. Disney's Academy Awards campaign for the film includes all categories, even Best Picture. The Oscar nominations will be announced on January 22, 2019.