Ah, the exciting Oscars are back and with it, the criticisms of its nominations. My main criticism involves superhero films being largely ignored at the Golden Globes and Oscars.
I’m not saying they’re perfect movies by any means, but why ignore the music, special effects, editing, acting, and so on?
Robert Downey Jr. did a fantastic job in portraying Tony Stark’s struggles with anxiety in “Iron Man 3”. Patty Jenkins did an excellent job with directing “Wonder Woman”. “Thor: Ragnarok” was a breath of fresh air when it came to comedic timing and one liners, yet, nothing.
I’ll be really annoyed if they snub “Black Panther” next year regarding costume design. The score for the film was outstanding too!
In 2012, “The Avengers” smashed the box office and earned $623,279,547 worldwide. It was the only movie that year to make that much money. Yet, no nominations from the Golden Globes or the Oscars. The same year, “The Dark Knight Rises” earned $448,139,642, no nominations.
Last year, “Spiderman: Homecoming” received $334,166,825, “Wonder Woman” $412,400,625 yet no nominations. The reason why I keep bringing up the earnings is because they mean that the public genuinely like these movies. Or at least spent money to go watch it in theaters instead of waiting for a streaming service to pick it up.
Now, I’m not saying oh, every superhero movie should get an award for something. I mean that thousands of people worked on these movies and it’s disheartening to see their work ignored because they worked on a superhero film instead of a period drama.
On the other hand, I can see why it’d be difficult to categorize these movies. “Thor: Ragnarok” was actually way more of a comedy than a traditional superhero film, but it still had science fiction and fantasy elements. “Wonder Woman” could be considered a World War 1 movie with some fantasy aspects involved.
Superhero movies fall under weird subgenera, “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies aren’t about a perfect superhero team, it’d be considered a dysfunctional family sci-fi series. With a lot of explosions.
“Logan” did at least nab an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, so that’s some progress.
Truthfully, I’ve had less and less faith with award ceremonies each year due to their nominations, and I personally think they need modifications.
Golden Globes nominated “Get Out” under the Musical/Comedy category. Really? “Greatest Showman” alongside “Get Out”, a horror movie about racism?
Boss Baby was nominated for an Oscar. I’m not saying the movie was terrible since I haven’t gotten around to seeing it, but it comes off as ridiculous on the surface.
“Wonder Woman”, “Lego Batman”, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, etc, got no nominations. They hit it big at the box office, yet no nominations or mentions. I just want these movies to be taken seriously and respected, but then again, animated movies aren’t taken that seriously either. An reboot on Hollywood award ceremonies is gravely needed.