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Disney eyeing Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns Oscar campaign

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Mar 7, 2018

The awards season is finally wrapped, and it didn't take long for Hollywood to prepare for next year. Deadline's Pete Hammond recapped his experience at the Oscars after party. He spoke with Christopher Nolan, whose film Dunkirk won best editing and sound mixing — and Nolan predicts that Black Panther will be in the running for best picture in 2019.

"A top Disney exec told me flat out that they would be campaigning not only Black Panther for the big prize but also the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns," Hammond summarized. Rachel Morrison was the first female to be nominated for best cinematography for her work on Mudbound, but she could get a second chance for her effort on Black Panther.

Legendary costume designer Ruth E. Carter received universal praise for her afrofuturistic conceptions for Black Panther. Carter earned Oscar nods for her pivotal work on Malcolm X and Amistad, but has since been able to clinch a win. Maybe this is what finally gets Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan the nomination that Fruitvale Station failed to deliver.

Disney's Marry Poppins Returns isn't for another nine months, but the exec seems confident that the sequel is a shoo-in. Emily Blunt will reprise the infamous role that garnered Julie Andrews an Oscar in 1965. Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars and wrote music for the highly anticipated sequel. Miranda's “How Far I'll Go” from Moana was nominated in 2017.

It's not far-fetched that a comic book movie can win best picture, but it would be the first. Heath Ledger won an Oscar posthumously as best supporting actor in 2009's Dark Knight. More recently Twentieth Century Fox's Logan was nominated for best adapted screenplay, but the Oscar went to James Ivory for Call Me by Your Name.

Do you think Black Panther can sweep the Oscars or get snubbed? Will Mary Poppins return and deliver? Post your early, early Oscar predictions in the comments!