Marvel’s Black Panther could win big at Writers Guild Awards

(FromR) Actress Lupita Nyong'o, Actor Michael B. Jordan, Actress Danai Gurira and director Ryan Coogler arrive for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, at the Beverly...

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has earned a significant nomination at the upcoming Writers Guild Awards.

The Writers Guild of America Awards is an annual event, due to take place this year on 18 February. The ceremony celebrates the best in Film, Television, Gaming and Radio; it is considered a crucial precursor to the Academy Awards. The event was broadcast on television in 2004 for the first time and has since become imperative viewing for those invested in the Oscars. There has been much talk about Ryan Coogler’s superhero smash-hit, Black Panther, potentially being nominated in numerous categories at the Academy Awards - now, it’s beginning to look much more likely.

The Marvel Studios production was one of the most discussed and acclaimed films of 2018, with many considering it as one of the greatest superhero films ever made, as well as a huge step in the right direction regarding representation in blockbuster cinema. The narrative concerns the fate of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, and the struggles endured by T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) to secure his homeland a future. Starring alongside Boseman is Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and many more. The cast is certainly impressive, but it seems that the awards focus has centralised on another element. 

The film has earned a Writers Guild Awards nomination for Best adapted screenplay, along with Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk, Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. Each of the five films’ writers are nominated for the prestigious award, and it’s a particularly strong bunch this year. It’s hard to predict a certified outcome, but Joe Robert Cole and Coogler’s script stands such a strong chance. BlacKkKlansman perhaps poses the biggest threat to the success of Coogler’s film, but the overwhelming affection fans and audiences have shown for the latter may indicate a passionate victory. 

Black Panther proved to be a critical and box-office sensation, and the script was considered one of its greatest highlights. The Writers Guild has certainly recognised this and could acknowledge it further with a considerable win - for Coogler, Cole, the cast, crew, superhero film, and most importantly, cinematic representation.

In other Marvel news, check out the brand-new trailer for Captain Marvel right here!

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