In the wake of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” scoring seven nominations at the Oscars this morning, including a Best Picture one which makes it the first superhero movie to achieve such a feat, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has now issued a statement in response.
The film, which grossed $1.35 billion worldwide including a stunning $700 million domestic, also pulled in an impressive 97% (8.2/10) on Rotten Tomatoes and was the second most well-received superhero film of last year behind only Sony’s animated “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”. Feige tells EW:
“The word that keep coming to me from the moment it happened is just this humbling sense of pride for everyone involved in the movie. It’s the most important recognition that a film can receive in our industry. That’s not lost on any of us. It’s something that’s immensely gratifying.
As the numerous phone calls and text messages [show] that went back and forth between all of us who were lucky enough to work on the film, it is just … pride. I think Blank Panther is a unique movie told by a unique filmmaker in a unique time.
It comes down to this amazing cast and crew, and a brilliant director who had something to say. He had a very personal story and struggle to explore, and he wanted to use this movie and this canvas to tell it. Looking over the past year at the cultural impact this movie has had around the world, it feels like the recognition from the Academy this morning is the pinnacle of that.
It’s about representation, and it’s about inclusion, and it’s about the importance of telling different types of stories. That the Academy recognized that this morning is extremely gratifying to all of us.”
Chances of the film winning the top award are slim with “Green Book” the current favourite to take the top honor when the ceremony goes ahead on February 24th.