The cast of “Black Panther” on stage at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards | © Getty Images via Bustle
Excitement is in the air for Disney fans this February with this week’s announcement of the 2019 Academy Award nominees.
On Tuesday, the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement via a livestream hosted by Tracy Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani. “Black Panther” led the Disney pack with seven nominations across the categories, including Best Picture. The film holds the distinction of being the first superhero movie ever to be nominated in the category, and only the fifth film ever produced by the Walt Disney Company to receive the honor. The four other Disney (or Disney-owned company) films nominated for Best Picture span the company’s lengthy history – “Mary Poppins” (1964), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009), and “Toy Story 3” (2010).
Other nominations of note for “Black Panther” include Costume Design and Best Original Song for SZA and Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars”.
“Mary Poppins Returns” also appears in the Best Original Song Category for the lullaby “The Place Where The Lost Things Go,” receiving additional nominations in the Best Original Score and Best Costume Design categories.
Disney’s animation divisions also made out well in the 2019 nominations with both “Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Incredibles 2” receiving noms in the Best Animated Feature category. The delightful short “Bao,” which originally debuted in theaters as a pre-show to “Incredibles 2,” was nominated in the Best Short Film (Animated) category.
Given that most of Disney’s tentpole films in 2018 relied heavily on special effects, it’s no surprise to see both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story” nominated in the Best Visual Effects category. But AMPAS’ choice to include “Christopher Robin” while excluding “Black Panther” from this category may come off as confusing to many fans.
Despite not having a host this year, the smash success of “Black Panther” will hopefully bring in a big influx of viewers to this year’s Oscars. It’s surprising that “Black Panther” wasn’t nominated for any of the acting categories or for Ryan Coogler’s directing work, but many will still tune in to see if T’Challa and company can walk away with the big prize. Plus, since the Original Song nominees usually get to perform, getting a chance to see both Emily Blunt and Kendrick Lamar perform live in the same program is a rare treat for folks across the Disney fandom. Will Disney emerge on top of the awards pile in 2019? We’ll just have to tune in and find out.
The Oscars air on ABC, Sunday, February 24th, at 8pm Eastern/5PM Pacific.