Black Panther & Kendrick Lamar Receive Oscar Nominations

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The nominations for next month’s 91st Academy Awards just announced this morning (January 22). The televised event set to take place on February 24. For fans of Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman in particular, there may be good reasons to watch.

Both Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman are nominated for the highest honor, “Best Picture.” Ryan Coogler’s record-breaking Marvel film competes against Spike Lee’s adaptation of a real-life Black police officer in Colorado Springs who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Lee produced his film with an ensemble that also includes Jordan Peele. These works take on a category of nominees that also includes Green Book, A Star Is Born, Vice, Roma, The Favourite, and Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Spike Lee is also nominated for “Best Director.” Despite past nods for Do The Right Thing and Four Little Girls, the Brooklyn, New Yorker has never won this prize. Lee did receive an honorary Oscar award in 2015 for his film making. Notably, Ryan Coogler did not receive the directorial consideration for Black Panther. Lee competes against peers such as former SNL head writer Adam McKay, who is nominated for Vice. Like Lee, McKay has been previously nominated without a win.

Lee also is nominated for “Best Adapted Screenplay.” He joins his team of Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins is also in the category for If Beale Street Could Talk. These screenwriters will battle against Bradley Cooper and his A Star Is Born team, along with The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs‘ Joel and Ethan Coen, who have received this award in the past for No Country For Old Men.

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Another noteworthy nomination goes to Kendrick Lamar. K-Dot, along with SZA, receive recognition for Black Panther‘s “All The Stars.” Released at the top of 2018, the song is one of 14 tracks curated by Kendrick and TDE founder Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith for the superhero film. That chart-topping soundtrack, which featured many TDE artists as well as 2 Chainz, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott, has since been certified platinum.

If the TDE song wins, the Compton, California superstar joins past collaborators Eminem and Common, as well as Three 6 Mafia as a Hip-Hop artist with an Oscar for their “Best Original Song” victories. The first Rap artist with a Pulitzer Prize could potentially add to a trophy case that also includes 12 Grammy Awards, a number which could grow before the 91st Academy Awards.

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Kenny, SZA and “All The Stars” producers Sounwave and Al Shux, compete against Common’s past collaborator Diane Warren and Jennifer Hudson for “I’ll Fight.” They also battle with Lady Gaga’s “Shallow,” which is a collaboration with Mark Ronson, among others.

Other points of note include Regina King’s “Best Supporting Actress” nod for If Beale Street Could Talk. If she wins, this marks the first Oscar for the actress who appeared in Boyz N The Hood, Friday, and Higher Learning early in her film career, which followed a long TV role on 227. One of 2017’s big winners, Mahershala Ali, gets for “Best Supporting Actor” look for Green Book. In this category, he will compete against Adam Driver for his BlacKkKlansman performance.

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Last October, Ryan Coogler was confirmed to be at work on writing Black Panther 2.

The 91st Academy Awards will broadcast on ABC. Following Kevin Hart’s withdrawal from the position, it will be the first Oscars without a designated host since 1989.