Most Oscar mavens know that the reason the Academy Awards decided to expand the Best Picture category in 2009 was so it could accommodate between five and 10 nominees. The switch came about after the outcry of fans when “The Dark Knight
,” 2008’s highest-grossing film and one of the year’s most acclaimed, didn’t make the cut. The first sequel in the “Batman
” franchise directed by Christopher Nolan
and starring Christian Bale
did win a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger
for his performance as the Joker as well as a trophy for sound editing — along with six other nods in technical categories.
But no comic-book adventure has yet been able to sneak into the main event, Best Picture.
A decade later, however, there is a slight glimmer of hope for superhero fans now that the Golden Globes have announced their nominations. That is because Ryan Coogler
’s massively popular “Black Panther