Things are starting to heat up for Marvel’s Black Panther as Hollywood heads into its prestigious award season. Fresh off of the film’s record-breaking Golden Globe nominations, Black Panther just an impressive received 12 Critics’ Choice Nominations. Much like the Golden Globes, the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Ryan Coogler, but this time around, Black Panther has a name in the Best Supporting Actor category as well with Michael B. Jordan receiving a nomination for his scene-stealing portrayal of the popular villain Erik Killmonger.
The entire cast of Black Panther was absolutely incredible, and the film did pick up a Best Acting ensemble nomination, but Jordan’s performance was praised as a stand out by both critics’ and audiences when it debuted back in February.
[row]”Killmonger must be the greatest villain Marvel has ever conceived, by a wide margin, but is criminally underused. Jordan’s charisma shines the moment he appears on screen, and his character’s anger feels entirely justified, even if his plans for violent uprising are easy to condemn. He’s such a good villain, in fact, that he effortlessly steals every scene he appears in,” Forbes said in their review of the film. [/row]
While Jordan’s nomination is well-deserved, he is up against some stiff competition with other nominees including Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy), Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman), Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born), and Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me). However, just being nominated is a huge win for the superhero movie, which already broke records at the Golden Globe nominations for being the first Marvel Studios movie and first superhero movie to earn nominations in the Best Motion Picture Drama category.
For right now, Jordan’s future in the MCU is still up in the air, but the actor continues to make waves both on the big and small screen. He’s currently in theaters reprising his role as Adonis Johnson in Creed 2 and just recently signed on to play Tom Clancy’s John Clark in a new Paramount film franchise. On the small screen, he will be appearing and producing the upcoming Netflix series Raising Dion, which centers on a single mother named Nicole and the relationship she has with her young son who begins to have magical and supernatural abilities following the death of his father Mark (Jordan).
The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air on Sunday, Jan. 13th at 7/8c on The CW!
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