Let’s talk about the day
that nominations came out and Black Panther
with its $1.3 billion grossing around the world– which has changed
everything you know. People said people wouldn’t
watch films in different parts of the world. And then you see people
in all over the world who are lined up for that film. How were you feeling
then, first of all? And then we’ll get to the– Feeling when– We people were lined up. You saw what was happening.
– It was insane. People were dressing up. They thought they were
from Wakanda themselves. Everybody thought they
were from Wakanda. Yeah. I mean, I think it was crazy
to see like all the means and the videos, the home
videos from the fans at home, and just everybody,
like you know, with their permanent
marker Killmonger beards and the wigs and
stuff like that. I felt inspired. I feel like I was really a
part of something special that was a lot bigger than me. You know, it was like bigger
than the movie itself. It was giving– it was
giving kids and generations a chance to dream again. You know, dream– Not even, again, just
to see yourself in a way that you’d never even imagine. Exactly, exactly it. So for me, the whole Black
Panther movement before, you know, before the box
office numbers and all that good stuff was just
anxiety, nervous, proud– when will when will it end? When is it going to stop? When you’re doing it,
do you know that this is going to be as big as it is? Do you feel some something
energetically, like this is different than other stuff? We felt like we
had all the pieces needed to do something special. And if we did our job every
day, and we didn’t take it for granted that we could
do something special. But there’s no way that we could
have assumed that it was going to do what it’s done so far. You weren’t thinking
about the billion. No.
– No, not at all. We were just making sure that
we took care of the opportunity. You know, that if– we thought about, if
this doesn’t work, when will there be another one. If we don’t do this right– we can’t we can’t mess this up. I think that was
kind of the thing that that really
drove me personally. And I know some of the other
actors as well, kind of thought about a lot. It’s like we can’t mess this up. So this is the first time
you’re in a film that’s nominated for Best Picture. Yes ma’am. Does that feel different? Does the actual acknowledgment
from the Academy– what does that mean? I think, of course, you know,
if you’re an actor, if you’re in our industry,
you know, obviously being able to get
nominated for an Oscar is on the list of
things that you want. You know, it would be
amazing to grab that. I think with this
movie, in particular, with the cast that we
have and the impact that it’s made, culturally,
that it’s already won. That’s what I think, too. It won for– [APPLAUSE] I think that’s it. The kids, the box office,
what it’s doing to the industry as far as the way people think
about films moving forward, especially people of color. It won then. So now this is like
the icing on the cake. You know, now, it’s
everybody else’s– everybody else is putting the
pressure on us of how it feels. And we’re really happy
and excited that we’ve come this far.
– Yeah. You know, the acknowledgment
of course would be cool. But you know I think
we’ve already won. OK.
So you’re going, obviously. Mm-hm You already know
what you’re wearing. Figuring it out. Figuring it out. Who you taking as a date? I don’t know yet. Feels like a perfect moment. Ma, you want to go with me? I haven’t even talked about it. Ma you want to go? Done. There it is.
– Done. That’s my date.
Yeah. That’s cool. I would think– I would just think that it
would be pretty hard for you to date about now,
being you at this point. Why do we always
got to get here? We gotta. – Oh, man.
– We gotta. It is hard. We gotta get here
otherwise people will say I did not do my job. But how do you find
someone who can step into this ride with
you at this particular time? That’s a great question. I don’t know how. I don’t, I don’t.
I’m– You need a nice church girl. I need a good church girl. [LAUGHING] I don’t, I don’t know
what I need, honestly. You know it’s um– Aunt Ramona, what do we need?
What do we need? What am I looking for? I don’t, I don’t know. I think for me it’s um– Hopefully, she’ll reveal
herself when I’m ready for that. Yes. That’s what will happen.