Yes, I know! The movie is a topic of debate!
Nonetheless, one cannot deny the history that Black Panther has made by winning the Screen Actors’ Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a motion picture. Personally, I am a¬†Dark Knight’ admirer, resolutely believing that the Nolan-verse take on the Caped Crusader is still the best superhero movie to date. However, the Marvel Studios film featuring the Wakandan tribe is the first superhero movie ever to win these awards and even with my affection for the darker side of the universe that DC portrays, I totally believe that the award is well deserved.
Beating the four movies,¬†A Star Is Born, BlacKKKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Crazy Rich Asians, the motion picture won the accolade on Sunday night at the 25th Annual Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, where the lead actor Chadwick Boseman accepted the honor on behalf of the entire cast.
An Award well deserved?
There are several who’ll say that there have been better movies and that too in the same genre as this very one. Whether the reader agrees or not is a matter of personal choice. It is true that critics found the movie plot cliched, and the entire momentum of the storyline was lost in how untwisting and straight it was. That, once again, is a matter of personal choice. Where I could feel the movie’s shine was how it broke all stereotypes and decided to change the very way the world looks at Western Cinema. This is perhaps the first time that a superhero movie or a movie of any other genre has included a predominantly African-American cast. Furthermore, Black Panther easily crossed the big buck mark in the box office and became the sole competitor in the top 10 ranks with such delightfully unusual casting.
And here’s the clincher. the movie is now in the running for the 91st Academy Awards and fans are getting excited. It would be a sour choice to get surprised if it actually won the Oscar!
Let’s face it, King T’Challa is, bluntly speaking, a human king that plays a cat to fight the jungles of crime. However, the way that his movie projected this storyline and the impact it had with its financial success is sure to prove a game-changer in the industry. Hollywood should take a leaf or two out of Black Panther’s notebook and try to make a larger number of non-Euro-centric tales, as well as rope in the talented actors that belong to the minorities.
What the Cast feels about the Black Panther
While accepting the accolade on Sunday night (January 27), lead actor Chadwick Boseman had this to say:
‚ÄúWe all know what it‚Äôs like to be told there‚Äôs not a screen for you to be featured on, there‚Äôs not a stage for you to be featured on. We know what it‚Äôs like to be the tail and not the head. We know what it‚Äôs like to be beneath and not above. And that is what we went to work with every day because we knew, not that we would be around during awards season and that it would make a billion dollars, but we knew we had something special that we wanted to give the world.‚Äù
Children all over the world grew up to stories of Superman and Spiderman. Even today, the TV world is replete with their adventures, and the Justice League Animated Series really defined cartoons. However, with Black Panther, children of some ethnic groups can now look up to a superhero that is now as popular as the fastest man alive, and perhaps, for some people, even more…
‚ÄúWe need this movie right now. It‚Äôs not a movie, it‚Äôs a movement. It‚Äôs a living organism. This is the self-esteem and the boost that my community not just needs right now but deserves.‚Äù
¬†- Tyra Banks