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“Black Panther” is the first superhero film to earn a best drama Golden Globe nomination

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06.12.2018

Nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes—the drunken traveling circus of award shows—were announced today. As is tradition, it was a mixed bag of good and bad, snubs and surprises, and general bemusement. But one major nomination stood out.

Black Panther became the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for best drama picture. (Deadpool, a superhero comedy, was nominated in the combined “musical or comedy” category in 2016). And while the Golden Globes don’t always predict exactly what the Academy Awards will ultimately look like, Black Panther‘s inclusion in this Golden Globes slate could foreshadow it becoming the first superhero movie to earn an Oscar nomination for best picture when those are announced in January.

The backlash to the snubbing of The Dark Knight in 2008 is one of the reasons why the Oscars moved from five to ten best picture nominees the following year. Now with an expanded field, it seems unlikely the film academy would make that mistake with Black Panther, a gigantic box-office success that broke records around the world and became a cultural phenomenon in a way that no other superhero movie has. Oscar or no Oscar, Wakanda will always have this Golden Globe nomination.

The 2019 Golden Globes air on NBC in the US on Sunday, Jan. 6. Killing Eve star (and Golden Globe nominee!) Sandra Oh........

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