News & Opinion | July 23, 2018 5:00 am

Disney Is Convinced “Black Panther” Is Best Picture-Worthy

The movie doesn't need the Oscars, but the Oscars might need it.

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Black Panther/T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) ©Marvel Studios 2018

Since its February release, Black Panther has grossed more than $1.3 billion at the global box office and earned effusive praise from critics, reports Vanity Fair. The movie and its stars, who included Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira, satisfied a hunger that many people had to see themselves represented on the big screen.

Panther also shattered the Hollywood myth that international audiences won’t buy tickets to movies that have a predominantly black cast. The movie’s next task? Save the Oscars.

Vanity Fair writes that the awards show has lost audience, relevance and its place as a communal cultural movement. Black Panther, however, delivered all three, and better than most of its peers in the genre. It does not need to win an Oscar to cement its place in history, but the Oscars may need Black Panther to continue forward.