Many films are waiting to get nominated for the forthcoming Oscars, and “Black Panther” is one of them. It appears to be a favorite in the category of best picture. This is not surprising, because it held on to the No. 1 spot at the US box office for five straight weeks. Right now, this action-packed movie is poised to become the first comic book film to get a nomination for best picture. And I think it will get nominated.

The New Zealand Herald reports that "Black Panther" is a special type of film and has exceeded expectations with more than $1.3 billion in ticket sales.

It is now vying for the best picture award and is in the company of films like "Gurus of Gold," "A Star Is Born," ''Roma," ''Green Book," and "The Favourite."

'Black Panther' could be a trendsetter

The film "Black Panther" may vie for multiple awards at the Oscars, in addition to being the best film. The costume design by Ruth Carter is impressive, as is the cinematography of Rachel Morrison. Last year, she was the first woman ever to be nominated in the category. Then there is the production design of Hannah Beachler. Ryan Coogler not only directed the film but also joined Robert Cole to write the script. Obviously, each of them played a major role to ensure the success of the final product, which is now waiting for the ultimate recognition.

As far as Ryan Coogler is concerned, "Black Panther" was something personal for him. He wanted to find his connection to Africa and, sort of, go back to his roots. In fact, while developing the script, he made several trips to African countries where he discovered the Kingdom of Lesotho.

It was the inspiration to create Wakanda, where the action happens.

Ryan Coogler could go places

According to Indie Wire, 32-year-old Ryan Coogler was serious about his assignment in "Black Panther" and with a budget of $200 million, the film went on to make $1.3 billion in the worldwide box office. That in itself is remarkable.

Coogler deserves recognition for treading a new path and the movie could spring a surprise at the Oscars.

The story of "Black Panther" is about superhero T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). He is the king of Wakanda, depicted as a wealthy and technologically superior kingdom. Wakanda is also not fake, in my opinion. There are women warriors portrayed by Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. T’Challa is threatened by Killmonger, who is a vengeful cousin portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.