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Aside from the posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") and best animated film for "The Incredibles," no superhero film has ever penetrated the top categories of the Academy Awards.Marvel Studios – one of the most dominant pop-culture juggernauts the movies have ever seen – hasn't won a single Academy Award.A decade after Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" was denied a best picture nomination – an omission that sparked the academy's expansion of the best picture field from five films to up to ten – "Black Panther" is poised to score the first best-picture nod for a superhero film, not to mention potentially a host of other categories including directing, costume design, visual effects, production design, score and, maybe, Michael B. Jordan as supporting actor.It's a human-sized movie in a supersized genre.It eschews many of the typical beats of a superhero film.That would be quite a turnaround for the Oscars, where the closest a superhero film has come to winning best picture was when Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" took the award in 2015 .
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