Even if you didn't see it (who are you?), you know of Black Panther. It was a smash hit in 2018, sweeping the box office, begetting a number of memes, and leaving an indelible mark on pop culture as we know it. Taking most by surprise, the film received a well-earned Oscar nomination for best picture, a rare recognition when it comes to the world of superhero movies.
The plot revolves around Prince T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who assumes the Wakandan throne after his father's death and soon faces threats to his country from a black ops mercenary named Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). Besides its talented, predominantly black ensemble cast, the movie also features an epic soundtrack helmed by Kendrick Lamar. In addition to best picture, Black Panther has also received nominations for five other categories, most of them technical.