Marvel continues to produce superhero hit after superhero hit, with two of the biggest ever this year: Ryan Coogler‘s “Black Panther” and the Russo brothers‘ “Avengers: Infinity War.” Which Marvel marvel will do better at grabbing the attention of the Oscars? Cast your vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and then sound off in the comments section.
Picture: “Black Panther”
“Black Panther” is the more likely to secure the nomination here, following the same trend as Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” last year. The importance of “Black Panther” gives it the edge.
Directing: “Black Panther”
Although this award usually goes to the biggest technical achievement, which would be “Infinity War,” Ryan Coogler’s smaller-scale intimacy and handling of racial-political ideologies in “Black Panther” will resonate more with a more-modern-than-ever academy. And it’s not like “Black Panther” is the little indie that could, either. It’s still a big technical achievement in it’s own right.
Acting: “Black Panther”
“Black Panther” scene stealer Michael B. Jordan could reap a bid for Best Supporting Actor. Robert Downey Jr.‘s better chance was several years ago for “Civil War.” Josh Brolin as Thanos, deserving as he is, will be hard pushed to be the first actor nominated for a motion capture performance.
Writing: “Black Panther”
“Black Panther” is more likely to be cited it’s more personal and a smaller film than the gargantuan “Infinity War.”
Cinematography: “Black Panther”
“Infinity War” has some nice shots: Peter Parker on the side of the bus, Thanos and Gamora on Vormir (the soul stone planet), any involving Cap’s beard, and the battle on Wakanda, to name a few. But “Black Panther” has countless beautiful images that invoke “Life of Pi.” Every scene in the ancestral plane, with the branching tree adorned with panther against the purple and blue sky drop, is breath-taking.
Design awards: “Black Panther”
Although “Infinity War” has every major MCU superhero clad in their iconic costumes , as well as their spaceship interiors and planet exteriors, “Black Panther” will find more success here. The sci-fi-crossed-with-African-tradition embedded in their Wakandan sets will appeal to a lot of designers. Likewise, the costumes do the same by cleverly blending sci-fi superhero outfits with African, traditional costumes of the tribes.
Music: “Black Panther”
The original songs in “Black Panther” have a great shot at getting nominated. A-list musicians are often rewarded at the Oscars and Kendrick Lamar‘ could reap bids for both “Black Panther” and”All the Stars.”
Sound awards: “Infinity War”
“Infinity War” has the edge here, what with it’s countless battle sequences, incorporating the sounds of each character’s respective weapons arsenal and fighting style. Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Peter Quill and Rocket all sound very different whilst fighting. This seamless blending of those sounds should be rewarded.
Visual Effects: “Infinity War”
“Infinity War,” with it’s galaxy-spanding effects, dazzling alien battles and mo-cap Thanos himself, will likely find more luck here than the more restrained “Black Panther.”
Ultimately, in my estimation, “Black Panther” is more likely to do better at the Oscars than “Infinity War” by a score of 7-2. Ideally, both would be appreciated. To that end, can we follow Thanos’ example and cleft the academy in two. What do you think? Which film is more likely to resonate with Oscar voters?