Chadwick Boseman Wants ‘Black Panther’ To Win Best Picture

Chadwick Boseman is hoping Black Panther wins BIG at the Oscars next year. After gaining $700 million across its domestic run, the movie also broke barriers for black representation in film. 

After the Academy recently announced a new “achievement in popular film” category, Chadwick is making it clear that his team would rather have Best Picture — not “most popular” film. 

“We don’t know what it [the new prize] is, so I don’t know whether to be happy about it or not,” he told The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg during a recent episode of the publication’s Awards Chatter podcast. “What I can say is that there’s no campaign [that we are mounting] for popular film; like, if there’s a campaign, it’s for best picture, and that’s all there is to it.”

“A good movie is a good movie,” continued Boseman. “And clearly it doesn’t matter how much money a movie makes in order for it to be ‘a good movie’ [in the minds of Academy members] because if [it did], the movies that get nominated and win [which have tended in recent years to not be blockbusters] wouldn’t get nominated; and if it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter on both sides…. For my money, the only thing that matters is the level of difficulty.”