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Chadwick Boseman (‘Black Panther’): After all those biopic snubs, could his first Oscar nom come for a superhero?

Chadwick Boseman (‘Black Panther’): After all those biopic snubs, could his first Oscar nom come for a superhero?

There is a certain time-honored formula for winning Oscars. Kudos usually come if you transform yourself into a real-life icon — Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill (“Darkest Hour”), Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking (“The Theory of Everything”), and so on. The awards don’t usually come if you transform yourself into a comic-book icon. But Chadwick Boseman has tried the first route with multiple biographical roles, to no avail. Wouldn’t it be deliciously ironic, then, if he managed his first Oscar nom as the king of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Black Panther”?

Boseman played legendary baseball integrator Jackie Robinson in “42” (2013). Then he was legendary musician James Brown in “Get on Up” (2014). After that he graduated from legendary to literally mythic by portraying the Egyptian god Thoth in “Gods of Egypt” (2016). And he came back down to Earth to play America’s first black Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall

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