HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Writer/director Ryan Coogler (L) and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

The Academy Awards are a week away. Black Panther is nominated for seven Oscars® including Best Picture. Should Black Panther win Best Picture, the Oscar would go to producer Kevin Feige. If the Marvel Studios boss has his way, however, it will be director Ryan Coogler delivering the acceptance speech.

“He will have no choice,” Feige joked on Entertainment Weekly‘s The Awardist podcast. “Without question — because it is Ryan’s film, and it is Ryan’s achievement. It would be a must. I would ask him, very kindly, to be there.”

If Coogler tries to decline, Feige will get help. “I think the cast would [take care of] that for me,” Feige said. “They would pick him up and carry him up onto that stage.”

Feige is right. The cast and crew who are present at next week’s ceremony would absolutely carry Coogler straight to the microphone if necessary. Feige agreed that it was bittersweet to see Black Panther recognized in the Best Picture category while Coogler was left out of the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay (along with co-writer Joe Robert Cole) categories.

To be clear, Feige isn’t assuming any victory ahead of time. He was simply responding to a direct question as to how he would handle a Best Picture win, should it happen.

Feige has credited Coogler as the driving force behind Black Panther. It was Coogler’s vision and his leadership that led the film to its phenomenal success, including seven Oscar® nominations, many of which are for collaborators Coogler brought to Marvel Studios.

Coogler isn’t feeling snubbed by the lack of personal nominations, but it’s great to see Feige plans to give the director a moment in the spotlight, should the opportunity arise.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly