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BLACK PANTHER'S Sterling K. Brown Says the Movie is Worthy of Oscar Recognition

Image of Sterling K. Brown as N'Jobu in Black Panther movie
Black Panther (2018) - N'Jobu (Sterling K. Brown)

Actor Sterling K. Brown recently shared his thoughts on the Oscar's controversial new "Popular Films" category and admits he's torn on "Black Panther".

Recently the Academy Award created a new category called "Popular Films" to help movies that don't traditionally fit into the Oscar "Best Picture" category get a nomination. Marvel films have traditionally gotten technical nominations but have never been nominated for "Best Picture" Academy Awards. For example, "Iron Man" was nominated for "Best Achievement in Visual Effects".

Recently Brown, who plays Killmonger's father N'Jobu in "Black Panther", admitted he goes "back and forth" on the category.

“When I first heard of the category, the first question I had was, ‘What is the criterion for being nominated in this category?'” Brown said at an FYC event for "This is Us". “If it’s something that can give it some sort of merit and legitimacy, then I think it’s cool. But I think ‘Black Panther’ stands on its own merits regardless of its popularity as being a wonderful piece of art.”

Ryan Coogler is an artist,” Brown continued. “The man is three for three in his films thus far, and I don’t see him striking out anytime soon. So whether it’s in one category, the other, or both, the movie is worthy of recognition.”

"Black Panther" has already won and been nominated for a ton of awards and is considered a lock for technical awards like cinematography and costuming. But by creating a new category it almost guarantees it won't be nominated for "Best Picture".

Variety‘s awards editor Kristopher Tapley termed the move “desperate.” and wrote: “Disney has taken the task of bringing Ryan Coogler’s critically acclaimed Marvel film into the Oscar fold quite seriously this year. A consultancy team was assembled early and that group has been laying the track ever since. Now here comes the Academy, establishing a corner to which voters can banish this and other films like it with a pat on the head and a ‘thanks for playing.'”

We'll see what happens when the Oscar nominations are released.

What do you think of Black Panther chances for an Oscar nomination?

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