The Movie – Black Panther
Written by KROV News Department on February 11, 2019
“American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis wonders whether “Black Panther” deserves its Oscar nomination for Best Picture. According to Ellis Black Panther’s nomination has more to do with political correctness and not the artistic depiction of the comic book icon. In the 91 year existence of the Academy Awards a Black film has been nominated for Best Picture only 9 times. Only one, “12 Years a Slave” produced by Steve McQueen (the black one), in 2013 has won! It is this writer’s humble opinion that Denzel Washington, Oprah and Spike Lee should have their names added to the list of Oscar winning producers.
The fact that Black Panther is the first superhero movie to have ever received a best picture nomination has more to do with Disney and Marvel’s combined perfection of a genre that has been 20 years in the making. Relevance to modern day controversies is what makes Panther unique. There are heavy conversations about colonialism, imperialism, colorism, police brutality and African vs. African-American culture. Imagine what life would be like if there really was an African nation that defended the best interests of black people. This abstract paints a very compelling picture, one where the often down trodden becomes the liberator. Finally, a solution to the methodical racism in America. Symbolism aside, Panther was the highest grossing movie of the year. The cinematography in South Korea was amazing and the costumes were very “Wakanda Forever”! Ellis and a few of his over the hill peers are trying to create a “blacklash” against Panther and favor the been there seen that “A Star is Born” featuring Bradley Cooper. Oprah Winfrey call Panther, “game-changing, compelling, phenomenal and most importantly pride making”. Wakanda Forever!
The Oscars will air on Sunday February 24, 2019 on ABC