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Chadwick Boseman Wants 'Black Panther' to Win Best Picture, Not New Popular Film Award at Oscars 2019

Chadwick Boseman Wants 'Black Panther' to Win Best Picture, Not New Popular Film Award at Oscars 2019

Chadwick Boseman is opening up about that controversial new “Outstanding achievement in popular film” category being added to the 2019 Oscars.

The 40-year-old Black Panther star spoke out about the newly added category on The Hollywood Reporter‘s Award Chatter podcast on Wednesday (August 29).

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“We don’t know what it [the new prize] is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not. What I can say is that there’s no campaign [that we are mounting] for popular film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for best picture, and that’s all there is to it,” he said.

He went on to explain his stance: “A good movie is a good movie, and clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ [in the minds of Academy members] because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [which have tended in recent years to not be blockbusters] wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides. For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”

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  • plez

    Loved Black Panther. But how can this movie be considered for an Oscar for best picture when it’s basically follows the cookie cutter pattern of a super hero comicbook movie just with higher quality writing.

  • Rana

    it was good and all but it wasnt even the best marvel movie this year . black panther should just enjoy the box office because it clearly is streatching it by expecting best picture .

  • J.K.

    Overrated movie

  • LuKe

    It was OK movie. The thing is there was so much hype because of the “black superhero movie” and it was totally unnecessary. I don’t watch movies because they represent certain ethincity. I watch movies from all over the world (I’m not American) because I like good movies. I consider everything that happened around the promotion of “Black panther” – ridiculous. Reviewers that weren’t favourable towards the movie, were called rasist – it’s laughable. At the same time the good reviews were so exaggerated that I got the impression that “Black panther” was the best movie ever created by a man kind ;D The american movie industry seems to suffer from some kind of schizophrenia right now. They want to be so including that they start to move towards some kind of “racial parity” over quality.
    “Black panther” in my opinion shouldn’t be even considered for such nomination as “The best picture” or “Best actor/actress”. It’s just not the quality of an Oscar movie.
    And this newly added category – is a joke!