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Wakanda for Oscar?

Jan 09, 2019 - The New York Times

On a Thursday evening in October, as the Oscar campaign for “Black Panther” began to unfurl, Kathleen Kennedy took the microphone in a packed room of award voters. The Lucasfilm president had volunteered to host a reception for “Black Panther” at the London hotel in West Hollywood, and her eyes alighted on the 32-year-old director Ryan Coogler.

“Ryan Coogler’s dreams and courage have made ‘Black Panther’ one of the most significant films to be released in the last decade,...