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Question:

The rhetorical question at the end of the passage serves mainly to

A reinforce the author’s opinion that Black Panther deserved a Best Picture nomination.
Explaination

This answer is correct because the author’s argument is that Black Panther deserved a nomination because it was an important film. Answer “emphasize how good of a film Black Panther was” is incorrect because the only time the author mentions the quality of the movie is when he writes, “even if Black Panther was not the best picture of the year . . .”