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!