Monday, June 17, 2024

Disney-Marvel Plans for “Black Panther” Backfire as Directors Guild, British Academy Snub Much Hyped $700 Million Movie


The “Black Panther” awards campaign has gone awry.

Disney-Marvel’s huge push to get Ryan Coogler’s movie into the main awards has failed miserably this week.

Despite making $700 million and receiving rapturous reviews, “Black Panther” was snubbed this morning by BAFTA, aka the British Academy, and by the Directors Guild of America.

Coogler, surprisingly, was left off the DGA top five directors. And BAFTA simply ignored the film altogether.

Now Disney waits to see if the voters in the Motion Picture Academy will make “Black Panther” one of its top 9 or 10 movies of the year. It doesn’t seem possible that they won’t, but this latest turn of events is a shock, too.

As well, “Mary Poppins Returns” — another Disney film — was omitted from the DGA and BAFTA.

If Disney is blanked from the Oscars list, that means the Academy list would likely be Roma, Green Book, A Star is Born, Blackkklansman, Vice, The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody for the top 7, with If Beale Street Could Talk and maybe Can You Ever Forgive Me as the final two.

It’s certainly not a boring year, that’s for sure!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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