Sunday, March 31, 2019

'Black Panther' leads movie winners at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards

I finished up February writing about "Black Panther" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" as diverse superhero winners at the Oscars, so it's only fitting that I finish March reporting on "Black Panther" winning multiple awards at the NAACP Image Awards.  Wochit Entertainment has the overall story in 'Black Panther' Takes Home Several NAACP Image Awards 2019.

“Black Panther” went home with several honors from the NAACP Image Awards. One award they received was the Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. According to, another award was for Outstanding Motion Picture. Chadwick Boseman, who plays Wakandan king T’Challa, won Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Director Ryan Coogler was awarded Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.
In addition to the four awards Wochit Entertainment listed, "Black Panther" won Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for “All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA, Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Michael B. Jordan, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Danai Gurira, and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture for Letitia Wright for a total of ten awards according to The WrapThe highest grossing movie of 2018 won in every category in which it was nominated except for Entertainer of the Year, where BeyoncĂ© beat Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler.

Three other movies won awards in categories where "Black Panther" did not earn a nomination.  Amandla Stenberg won Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for "The Hate U Give." "If Beale Street Could Talk" took home the statue for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.  Finally, Samuel L. Jackson won Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film) for his role in "Incredibles 2."  Congratulations!

Thus ends a year of honors for "Black Panther" that began with the Golden Trailer Awards and the Saturn Awards.*  Congratulations to the movie that most perfectly encapsulates all the topics I care about in entertainment, diversity, politics and government, and fantasy and science fiction.  It beats the next best movie that covers these subjects, "The Shape of Water," in all but fantasy.

I might return to the NAACP Image Awards to discuss the television winners as examples of not only diversity, politics and government, and speculative fiction, but also how electorates matter for awards shows.  In the meantime, stay tuned for an April Fools Day entry.

*That is, unless I decide to nominate it for this year's edition of the Coffee Party Entertainment Awards for movies.  I haven't decided yet.  On the one hand, as I wrote above, "Black Panther" is about all the topics I care about in entertainment, diversity, politics and government, and fantasy and science fiction.  On the other, it really isn't about the kind of politics and government that the Coffee Party might want to reward — violent succession struggles in a monarchy are the opposite of peaceful activism inside a democracy.  I have a week to think about it.

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