Disney Prioritizes Black Panther for Oscars, Puts Infinity War in One Category

While Black Panther is being pushed for 16 categories, Infinity War is focusing on one.

Disney is famously pushing Black Panther this awards season, officially campaigning the film in 16 separate Oscar categories, while Avengers: Infinity War is only being campaigned in a single category. According to the Disney Guild Awards 2018 webpage (via IndieWire), Disney is vying for awards from Black Panther, Infinity War, Incredibles II, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mary Poppins Returns and the animated short Bao. However, it appears Black Panther is being heavily prioritized over its fellow MCU film, as where Black Panther is being positioned for award nominations like Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and more, Infinity War is simply being touted as a Best Visual Effects contender (which Black Panther also has listed).

Though this move by Disney has been anticipated for quite some time, many had hoped it would attempt to champion Josh Brolin for Best Supporting Actor as Thanos, though it appears the studio is prioritizing possible wins from the Black Panther cast over this role. Still, Thanos’ status as a motion capture role would likely have held Brolin back from the nomination regardless of if Disney pursued this route. We’ve known of Disney’s strategy to earn Black Panther a Best Picture nomination for some time, including hiring a veteran Oscar strategist backed by a significant budget.

For more on both films, check out how impressive their box office numbers are, and how Marvel swept the Teen Choice Awards 2018 with its films.

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