Bret Easton Ellis doesn’t think “Black Panther” deserves its Oscar nominations, and he believes most of Hollywood agrees.
As The Wrap reported, on his podcast, the screenwriter and “American Psycho” novelist talked about the awards season run for the superhero blockbuster.
“No superhero movie has ever gotten a Best Picture nomination,” Ellis said. “But believe me, Disney is doing everything in its power to make sure this happens. Even though there is no one out here in La La Land I’ve met who thinks ‘Black Panther’ is that good as a movie. Yet, as a piece of representation, they are supporting it.”
Ellis continued, “The entertainment press and the studio is selling the notion that ‘Black Panther’ is a grand piece of cinematic art that cannot be ignored. And this notion is being shoved down our throats and we can only smile in disbelief. Or perhaps understand that this is just the moment we’re trapped in. A joke, a hoax. It’s all fake news, folks.”
The 54-year-old went on to slam the Oscars for, in his eyes, focusing more on diversity than quality.
“What the most flattering pose might be in the moment — as if inclusivity and diversity have anything to do with awarding a movie’s merits,” he said. “Yes, this is the culture the Oscars are pushing, and it is rather nauseating.”
Last month, “Black Panther” took home the prize for Best Ensemble Cast at the SAG Awards. The film is also nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.