Wakanda For–Free!: Black Panther Returns to Theaters for Black History Month

This image released by Disney shows a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” On Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, the film was nominated for an Oscar for best picture. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Feb. 24, 2019. (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

You can see the award-winning movie “Black Panther” on the big screen for free during the first week of February.

The Walt Disney Company says participating AMC Theatres locations will show the motion picture from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7 to celebrate Black History Month.

There will be two showings of the movie, per day at each theater and the tickets are free to ensure that anyone and everyone has a chance to view the  cultural phenomenon.

In Hampton Roads, AMC Hampton 24 and AMC Lynnhaven 18 will show the movie at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Click here to book your tickets. 

Disney says they’re also giving a $1.5 million grant to support UNCF (United Negro College Fund) with its mission to help minority students access and move to and through college.

The movie, based on a Marvel comic, shattered box office records with it’s debut in 2018. Keeping up the trend, it’s steadily picked up prestigious honors during this awards season.

Last week, they were honored with two Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It’s received seven Oscar nominations, becoming the first superhero movie to ever be nominated in the coveted Best Picture category.

Among that list of Oscar nominations–Best Costume Design, which hits close to home.

Hampton University alumna Ruth E. Carter is the woman behind the seams of the movie’s costumes, and she’s no stranger to Hollywood.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 29: Costume designer Ruth E. Carter at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Carter became the first African-American to be nominated for Best Costume Design for her work on Spike Lee’s “Malcom X” in 1993 and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” in 1998, according to Hampton University. With the “Black Panther” nomination, Carter is now the first African-American costume designer to be nominated three times for an Academy Award.

Carter returned to Hampton’s campus in 2018 to serve as keynote speaker for their 148th Commencement Ceremony.

If she wins the Best Costume Design Oscar, Carter will be the first African-American woman to do so. The TODAY Show reports she would also be the first woman ever to win the award for a superhero movie.

Carter spoke with NBC’s Sheinelle Jones on the TODAY Show Friday morning about her nomination.