So, it appears it’s that time of year again, when the red carpet rolls out and the biggest names in the world of showbiz gather in one place in order to celebrate another year of cinema. Meanwhile us normies might instead gather around our TV’s with our friends or just simply read about results when you wake up seeing as how the time difference would make the next working day a waking nightmare. Either way they will soon be hear and the nominations have just come in. Naturally many will be celebrated but let’s take a look at the films that have garnered the most notable nominations, each of which has been nominated for the Best Picture award.
Blackkklansman is a biographical film that is based on the 2014 memoir written by Ron Stallworth titled Black Klansman. It’s about Stallworth’s early days as a detective and his efforts to expose the Ku Klux Klan in his area. The film has received much praise since it’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14th of last year. It has heavy political tones concerning civil rights and racism that are still a key issue in society. It’s directed by Spike Lee and certainly plays host to his unique style. The film has been nominated for several Academy Awards which as well as Best Picture include Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Adam Driver), Best Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Wilmott, Spike Lee), Original Score (Terence Blanchard) and Film Editing (Barry Alexander Brown). Due to it’s subject matter and excellent handling from Lee it seems that Blackkklansman has a real chance of taking the Best Picture Award home.
No, you haven’t read it wrong, the Marvel superhero franchise has been shattering the box office year after year but it seems it has finally broken into the Academy Awards with the hugely successful Black Panther. The film has been praised for its racial overtones, not just being the first of Marvels own films to feature a black lead as well as a cast that features mostly black actors and actresses but also dealing with the prejudices African Americans face on a day to day basis. Though the film may be the most commercially crafted on the list it has shown that the colour of a person’s skin shouldn’t affect box office prices, nor should it be ignored. Not only has it received a Best Picture nomination but it’s also received a further 6 nominations for categories such as Best Original Score (Ludwig Goransson), Best Achievement in Costume Design (Ruth E. Carter) and Best Achievement in Production design (Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart). It is worth noting that Black Panther is the first superhero movie to be nominated for a Best Picture to date and the first blockbuster film to return to the category since 2003 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King which went on to win.
Will Black Panther have the same luck though? We shall have to see.