Having widely seen films in the running could help boost ratings for the Feb. 24 Oscars telecast on Walt Disney Co's ABC. The audience for last year's show dropped to an all-time low, and critics said a crop of little-seen nominees likely were a factor.
"Black Panther" was 2018's top-grossing movie in the United States and Canada, and second-highest worldwide, with $1.3 billion in ticket sales. Released by Disney-owned Marvel, it was the first superhero film to feature a predominantly black cast.
The movie was hailed for bringing African pride and beauty to a big-screen adventure. It received seven nominations in total.
Rivals include 21st Century Fox's "Bohemian Rhapsody" about late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, which has rung up $798 million at global box offices. "A Star is Born" from AT&T Inc's Warner Bros, also a contender, has grossed $409 million.
The nominees also include Fox's British period comedy "The Favourite," which has grossed $43 million, and political satire "Vice" with $39.5 million. For a graphic on international ticket sales for best picture nominees, see: