Recently, there were issue surrounding what kind of movies could get nominated for an Academy Award as pertains to streaming giants like Netflix. However, the attention has not been put so much on superhero movies until recently when Black Panther was nominated and won Oscars.
An anonymous Oscar voter gave an opinion about what constitutes Best Picture nominees and took a shot at the Avengers movies. He felt that they do not at all deserve an Oscar. He said that ‘First Man should have been nominated for Best Picture but ended up coming it at tenth or ninth place.
He said he thought the visual effects were pretty amazing considering they used old Hollywood techniques to get them right. He felt that the other movies used way too much CGI and that is not something that he respects. He finished by saying that there was no way on earth, he would ever vote for a movie with the word Avengers in the title like most people in the Academy have done recently.
We do not know much about the person who said this but he is a guy and he is a director who is part of the 519-person voting director’s branch. The conversation about what the critics think and what the audience thinks has been going on for a while and a lot of the people who can vote for the movies have no respect for “money-grabs’ like the 22 or so franchise movies that are at the forefront of Disney’s campaign to take blockbusters to a whole new level.
The 2019 Oscars were announced and Avengers: Infinity War was absent except for the Best Visual Effects nod. ‘Black Panther’ did better with a Best Picture nomination and other numerous nods. It won Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Original Score but missed out on Best Picture. Avi Arad, CEO of Marvel, was heartbroken by this.
This shows that the people making decisions at awards are not the same as those who pay for tickets to go see the movie. Avengers: Endgame has made $2.7 billion at the Box Office. This year’s awards might give it nods at the Oscars.
The mere fact that ‘Black Panther’ managed to get a Best Picture nod shows that maybe we are headed in a direction that recognizes that the audience has a say in the matter too. Superhero movies need to be taken seriously even with all their colorful gusto and not just when they take the “Logan” approach. It will take time before an Avengers movie can be taken seriously but we hope that will change as the new Marvel’s Phase Four is rolled out.
The anonymous director may not have much respect for these blockbusters that are changing the very landscape of pop culture but with time, enough minds will change such that we can see superhero movies get acknowledged on awards’ biggest night.