Black Panther‘s road to the Oscars continues as it has nabbed a nomination for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award from the Producers Guild of America. The award recognizes the best in motion picture achievement over the previous year.
As with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes, the films nominated reflect a more eclectic selection in years past. The other films nominated include BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star Is Born, and Vice. While movies like A Star is Born and Roma still qualify as the sort of prestige pictures favored by the year-end awards, the inclusion of Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman and A Quiet Place suggest a shift away from the stuffier costumed dramas of ages past.
As it happens, the PGA list is almost identical to the HFPA’s Best Picture — Drama category; with If Beale Street Could Talk as the notable exclusion. It suggests the push toward more topically diverse films is filtering across the industry.
But for our purposes, Black Panther continues to prove superhero genre pictures can be big money makers and worthy of high-caliber award recognition.