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Black Panther Leads 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Nominations

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Black Panther has been nominated for a grand total of seven awards at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Released earlier this year, Black Panther marked the first solo outing for T'Challa after his debut in Captain America: Civil War and saw the newly crowed King of Wakanda face a challenge to the throne from the ominously named Killmonger. Black Panther made several vital contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the technologically advanced state of Wakanda, Danai Gurira's fierce warrior Okoye and T'Challa's genius younger sister, Shuri, all of which ended up playing key roles in Marvel's huge team-up event, Avengers: Infinity War.

The release of Black Panther was already widely acclaimed prior to its release for bringing a black superhero to the forefront of their own solo movie and upon hitting theaters, became a huge critical and commercial success, even by Marvel Studios' own high standards. Black Panther passed Titanic on the way to becoming one of the top 10 highest grossing films worldwide and earned the highest Rotten Tomatoes score for a superhero movie.

Related: Will Black Panther Beat Infinity War At The Box Office?

Given Black Panther's feverish fan reaction and box office success, it perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise that awards recognition would follow and although Ryan Coogler and co. will have to wait for awards season to start proper, the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards have announced that Black Panther is up for seven gongs. The full list of Panther's nods are: Best Movie, Best Hero (T'Challa), Best Villain (Killmonger), Best Performance In A Movie (Chadwick Boseman), Best On-Screen Team (Panther, Okoye, Shuri, Nakia), Scene Stealer (Shuri) and Best Fight (Panther vs. M'Baku). The nominations for each category read as follows:

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BEST MOVIE

Avengers: Infinity War (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Black Panther (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

IT (New Line Cinema)

Wonder Woman (Warner Bros. Pictures)

BEST SHOW

13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

grown-ish (Freeform)

Riverdale (The CW)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE

Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name

Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver

Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW

Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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Katherine Langford – 13 Reasons Why

Issa Rae – Insecure

Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones

BEST HERO

Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) – Black Panther

Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) – Game of Thrones

Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman) – Wonder Woman

Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) – The Flash

Daisy Ridley (Rey) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

BEST VILLAIN

Josh Brolin (Thanos) – Avengers: Infinity War

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Michael B. Jordan (N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger) – Black Panther

Aubrey Plaza (Lenny Busker) – Legion

Bill Skarsgard (Pennywise) – IT

BEST KISS

Jane The Virgin – Gina Rodriguez (Jane) and Justin Baldoni (Rafael)

Love, Simon – Nick Robinson (Simon) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Bram)

Ready Player One – Olivia Cooke (Sam) and Tye Sheridan (Wade)

Riverdale – KJ Apa (Archie) and Camila Mendes (Veronica)

Stranger Things – Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven)

MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE

Talitha Bateman (Janice) – Annabelle: Creation

Emily Blunt (Evelyn Abbott) – A Quiet Place

Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) – IT

Cristin Milioti (Nanette Cole) – Black Mirror

Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) – Stranger Things

BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM

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Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/ Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri)

IT – Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Chosen Jacobs (Mike)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Dwayne Johnson (Smolder), Kevin Hart (Mouse), Jack Black (Shelly), Karen Gillan  (Ruby), Nick Jonas (Seaplane)

Ready Player One –  Tye Sheridan (Wade), Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Philip Zhao (Sho), Win Morisaki (Daito), Lena Waithe (Aech)

Stranger Things – Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Noah Schnapp (Will), Sadie Sink (Max)

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

Jack Black – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip

Dan Levy – Schitt’s Creek

Kate McKinnon – SNL

Amy Schumer – I Feel Pretty

SCENE STEALER

Tiffany Haddish (Dina) – Girls Trip

Dacre Montgomery (Billy Hargrove) – Stranger Things

Madelaine Petsch (Cheryl Blossom) – Riverdale

Taika Waititi (Korg) – Thor: Ragnarok

Letitia Wright (Shuri) – Black Panther

BEST FIGHT

Atomic Blonde – Charlize Theron (Lorraine) vs. Daniel Hargrave (Sniper), Greg Rementer (Spotter)

Avengers: Infinity War – Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) vs. Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight)

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Black Panther – Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) vs. Winston Duke (M’Baku)

Thor: Ragnarok – Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) vs. Chris Hemsworth (Thor)

Wonder Woman – Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) vs. German Soldiers

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Jay-Z’s “Footnotes for 4:44“

The Defiant Ones

BEST REALITY SERIES

Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Love & Hip Hop

Real Housewives

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Vanderpump Rules

It's interesting to note that Marvel Studios' "bigger" movie, Avengers: Infinity War, is only up for three awards, although this may be party due to it being released very recently. Despite their consistently positive reviews, MCU movies do tend to attract criticism for the quality of their villains but many fans felt that Killmonger was an exception to this trend. As such, it's pleasing to see Michael B. Jordan's performance recognized in the nominations. The character of Shuri also proved to be a particular highlight, taking on the bulk of Black Panther's comedic moments and thoroughly deserves her Scene Stealer nod.

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MTV's Movie & TV Awards ceremony largely tends to focus on more popular, blockbuster fare compared to traditional movie award bashes like the Oscars and Golden Globes but, given how frequently those types of ceremonies ignore superhero movies, an MTV gong might unfortunately be the only awards success Black Panther tastes.

More: Disney CEO 'Badly' Wanted Black Panther Movie

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
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