‘Black Panther’ Builds Oscar Buzz As Pundits Place It In Best Picture Running

After smashing box office records, “Black Panther” is ready to take on Oscar.

With the expanded 10-film Best Picture category, Academy Awards prognosticators are placing their bets on the Marvel superhero movie to comfortably earn a nomination, making it the first movie based on a comic book to be included in the category. The movie should also be a nominee shoo-in in the visual effects category which will be whittled down to a short-list of 10 nominees that will move on to the nominations voting stage.

Earlier this year, “Black Panther” was at the centre of a short-lived “popular film” category that was later nixed following negative reaction.

According to insiders, Marvel has invested a “significant awards season budget” for their Oscar campaign.

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The Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 22 ahead of the awards ceremony on February 24.

On Wednesday, the film’s stars Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira were on hand at the Hollywood Reporter’s Women In Entertainment event to present a full scholarship to one deserving student.

Created by Walt Disney Studios, the Black Panther Scholarship gives one woman in THR‘s Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program a $250,000 scholarship to Loyola Marymount University.

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“We know that if we want to live in a world that looks more like Wakanda, the first step is you invest in women and girls,” Gurira announced at the star-studded event.

A 17-year-old high school student named Kalis who plans to become a pediatric dermatologist accepted the award. “I would like to thank my parents who birthed me, who made me who I am today… I just want to stand and say this is for girls who live in Compton, who live in Inglewood and this is for girls and men who face adversaries. I just want to say that we can do it and it is possible,” she said.

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