Oprah is already Oscar-campaigning for ‘Black Panther’ to win Best Picture

This week, Oprah Winfrey decided that she had been sitting on the sidelines long enough. It was time to let her voice be heard. It was time to campaign for a better country! No, Oprah isn’t running for president (yet). She is throwing her support behind Black Panther’s Oscar campaign though. So far, Black Panther has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and a SAG for Best Ensemble – both of those nominations are half-decent Oscar harbingers, and I do think Black Panther has a really good shot at getting a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. But will it win? With Oprah backing it? Perhaps.

As you can see from Oprah’s Instagram (above), three big names came out for Oprah’s fancy Black Panther screening: Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman and writer-director Ryan Coogler. Honestly, I’m a little bit surprised that Oprah hasn’t been a more vocal supporter of Coogler AND MBJ before now. It feels like Fruitvale Station and Creed both would have drawn her support, but Oprah is Oprah and she’ll decide on her schedule when she’ll throw her weight around Hollywood. Incidentally, not only did Oprah host this screening in LA, she brought in Disney CEO Bob Iger to co-host.

Here’s how you know Oprah is in campaign mode and she’s going all-in for BP: Michael B. Jordan’s mom made a rum cake for Oprah and Stedman, and Oprah made a video of Stedman calling the rum cake the “best cake he’d ever eaten.” I’ve never noticed how sexual Stedman is – this video is FILTHY.

Photos courtesy of Instagram.

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  1. Steff says:

    I can just see the article about the anonymous Oscar voter throwing a fit because this is nominated for BP.

  2. JanetFerber says:

    They look fabulous together. Michael B. Jordan is HOT. I guess it’s too much to ask for a sexy romance?

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      Stedman and the cake are the hot romance here.

      What is it with men and cake?

      • Jen says:

        I laughed out loud at “Stedman and the cake are the hot romance here.” Thank you for that this morning, needed it!

  3. Tiffany says:

    Googly Moogly, how handsome is Ryan Coogler.

    I know he is not the most open press wise, but I would not be mad if I see him every day up until award season ending.

    • Lizzie says:

      i basically said the same thing below only with 1000x more objectification. he is so handsome. his face is just beautiful.

  4. Lizzie says:

    i wouldn’t kick MBJ out of bed but ryan coogler is gorgeous. something about his eyes tell me the man knows what to do…

  5. notthisagain says:

    I think she should stay out of it , Some People dont like her as much as she thinks they do it can backfire

  6. Case says:

    While I loved the social commentary in Black Panther and think we need more of it in mainstream films, I…didn’t love the movie overall? It was good and had important elements to it, but I didn’t think it was outstanding even compared to other Marvel films. IDK.

    • Sips.Tea says:

      I agree, it wasn’t the best movie, but it was culturally significant. But this to me feels more like one of those situations where actors should have won and Oscar for an important role but didn’t, and then some years later they win for a role that didn’t deserve it as much, but they were awarded almost as if it were compensation for losing out previously. If black panther gets nominated, I’ll take it as the nomination for all the movies that came before it that were snubbed by the academy.

      • Case says:

        Totally agree with you. It’s cultural significance alone makes it remarkable among the other films that came out this year. I suppose I had very high hopes for it, made a point to see it opening weekend, and then it just wasn’t all I hoped it would be, so now when I see it nominated for awards I feel like I just watched it wrong lol.

    • Grant says:

      Totally agree with you. I think BP was just ok. The main character was totally overshadowed by the fabulous supporting cast and, while gorgeous, I did not find MBJ’s villain nearly as compelling as some others did. I felt the same way about Crazy Rich Asians, which really just reminded me of a mediocre episode of the OC with an Asian/Eurasian cast (I hope “Eurasian” is the culturally sensitive term for European actors of Asian descent like Gemma Chan).

    • Kath says:

      Agreed. I wanted to love it so badly, but it was just meh. That said, I was incredibly happy that it did so well.

      We need to see films with more than just bland white people. (And I say that as a bland white person.)

  7. Mitzy says:

    I thought the movie was terrible. Was excited to see it. Thought it was really gammony.

    • BabyJane says:

      Formulaic, Michael Bay style, utter redundant crap. What the movie DID was awesome- broaden the portrayal of heroism beyond no-neck white dudes. But the movie was recycled junk.

  8. Misty says:

    I think it should win for best f/x, but not for best picture. Black Panther was okay, but honestly his character was better in the other movies. I’m hoping part 2 he comes back a little edgier like he was in Civil War.

  9. Nan says:

    It was such a good movie!!! Are they making more?!?!