The Marvel epic had a huge morning, scoring seven nominations, but it was its nod for best picture that made history.
In 2008, “The Dark Knight” was one of the biggest films of the year, but did not score a nomination for best picture to the chagrin of fans everywhere. The next year, the Academy opened up the best picture category to 10 films instead of five.
Now a decade later, “Black Panther” becomes the first superhero film to land that coveted nomination after dominating culture with the fictional and inspiring world of Wakanda.
“I really think the Academy seeks to honor [the]creation of Wakanda,” Connelly said. “Just an idea that really changed so many people’s minds this year and affected the culture so greatly.”
Connelly also said the awards show will be more entertaining, as the best picture category is filled with movies that actually performed well at the box offices this year. This hasn’t always been the case in the past.