Will Ryan Coogler Conquer the Golden Globes With Black Panther?

Director Ryan Coogler attends the 'Black Panther' BFI preview screening held at BFI Southbank on February 9, 2018 in London, England.

The upcoming Golden Globes ceremony is now just two weeks away.

Many are anticipating the results of the evening, contemplating which of their favourite pieces of work will take home the honours. The evening will celebrate the very best in film and television across 2018, and there is some seriously strong competition. The nominations for the most coveted award - “Best Motion Picture - Drama” - have certainly raised eyebrows, which is no surprise considering the selection.

Nominated to receive the accolade are as follows: Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. The Marvel blockbuster is without a doubt the biggest surprise among the nominations. However, together they all constitute a very varied and intriguing collection of work. Lee’s film absolutely deserves the nomination, and acts as an excellent study of racial hatred and of a sad history repeating itself. There was uncertainty as to whether it would be nominated, whereas everyone was expecting Cooper’s and Jenkins’ work to be included. Bohemian Rhapsody, on the other hand, came as a shock to most. The film was ill-received critically, but it proved itself to be a total hit with general audiences, making it one of the biggest success stories of the cinematic year. It seems to have been a year of critical and audience division, but one film has certainly swayed both. 

(L-R) Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler and Nate Moore pose with the Hollywood Film Award for 'Black Panther' in press room at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 04, 2018 in...(L-R) Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Coogler and Nate Moore pose with the Hollywood Film Award for 'Black Panther' in press room at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 04, 2018 in...

Although the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic was a rather unexpected nomination, Coogler’s addition to the high-concept Marvel cinematic universe came as a bigger shock to fans of the ceremony. The acclaim that the film continues to receive is staggering, and perhaps the only reason it shocked followers of the event so much is because it actually stands a considerable chance of winning. Black Panther has been praised for its timely themes, bold visual style, cultural influences and imaginative conceptual vision. Many claim that the film transcends the blockbuster, freeing itself from the shackles of big-budget superhero cinema and aiming to say something much more. Although the film also works as an accessible work of popcorn entertainment for the masses, critics and academics have taken much more from it.

The film has quickly been recognised as a historical achievement, and it honestly wouldn’t be naive to place it in high consideration for Golden Globes glory. The obstacle in its path, however, is Cooper’s film. A Star Is Born is definitely the most likely film to take home the award for “Best Motion Picture - Drama”, but the times are indeed changing and films like Black Panther are undeniably changing the current canvas of cinema. It can be considered the most successful film of 2018, and has easily been the most debated. Absolutely, there is opportunity for it to win.

There is already speculation that Coogler’s film could be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and if it wins big at the Golden Globes then there is a strong indication that this could be the case. No matter your current stance on the film’s merit, there’s no denying that its impact has been astounding. The history and legacy of Black Panther is still being written.

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