Marvel at the Oscars – Marvelous Monday #56


I love the Oscars. Sure, there’s almost always controversy. Sure, the Academy doesn’t always recognize my favorite films, but it’s always entertaining. To me, at the very least. But I just realized something. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on the top of pretty much every Hollywood actor’s wish list, somehow the franchise has never won an Oscar.

MCU Films and Oscar nominations

  • Iron Man – Nominated for two Oscars.
  • The Incredible Hulk – Nothing.
  • Iron Man 2 – Nominated for one Oscar.
  • Thor – Nothing.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger – Nothing.
  • Marvel’s The Avengers – Nominated for one Oscar.
  • Iron Man 3 – Nominated for one Oscar.
  • Thor: The Dark World – Nothing.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Nominated for one Oscar.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Nominated for two Oscars.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – Nothing.
  • Ant-Man – Nothing.

The films above have all had the opportunity to win an Oscar. At the end of February 2017, we’ll know whether or not Captain America: Civil War or Doctor Strange get Marvel Studios their first Academy Award. I’ll talk about whether or not I think it’ll happen later on in this post. Now, let’s move on to talk about what films Marvel Studios’ films lost to.

81st Academy Awards – Iron Man:

  • Best Sound Editing: Lost to The Dark Knight.
  • Best Visual Effects: Lost to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

This one is really tough. I don’t think Iron Man should have won for sound editing, but maybe they should’ve won for visual effects. I don’t remember the Benjamin Button movie all that well, though, so maybe I’m just wrong on this one.

83rd Academy Awards – Iron Man 2:

  • Best Visual Effects: Lost to Inception.

That’s a tough film to beat in the visual effects category. So, it’s pretty fair that Iron Man 2 didn’t win here. But hey, if Inception got recognition for its visual effects, then maybe Doctor Strange will get some too, seeing as the effects seem to be similar. We’ll see.

85th Academy Awards – Marvel’s The Avengers:

  • Best Visual Effects: Lost to Life of Pi.

As much as I love the effects in The Avengers, I can’t say that they are more impressive than the ones in Life of Pi. Sorry, Marvel. Not this time around. Better luck next time.

86th Academy Awards – Iron Man 3: 

  • Best Visual Effects: Lost to Gravity.

Again, it’s really tough to beat a film like Gravity here.

87th Academy Awards – Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Guardians of the Galaxy:

  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Guardians of the Galaxy): Lost to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • Best Visual Effects (Both): Lost to Interstellar.

So, this was their year, or so I thought. I guess that maybe the two Marvel films in the visual effects category split the vote. I still think Interstellar is a good choice, but Guardians of the Galaxy deserves some recognition here, as they made us love a tree and a raccoon.

So, where does that leave us? I’ll tell you. Eight nominations and zero wins. Nobody expects the Academy to ever nominate a Marvel Studios film for Best Picture – even if Civil War was fantastic – so no one’s expecting that. So what can we expect?

Well, I haven’t gotten to see Doctor Strange yet, but I guess we could expect it to maybe get a nomination for visual effects. If we’re being optimistic, then I guess it could get a nomination for costume design. And seeing as Giacchino is doing the film score, it wouldn’t shock me if he landed a nomination in that category. He’s fantastic.

“What about Civil War?” – Well, bad news. Unless it’s nominated for one of the bigger awards, then I don’t see it getting anything else than a visual effects nomination. I wish a film like Civil War – which is currently one of my favorite films of the year – would get more recognition, but I don’t think the Academy is ready to do that yet. I hope I’m wrong.

One thing’s for sure, though. Marvel Studios films usually have a good chance of getting a visual effects nomination. So, does the studio have a chance this year? Honestly, I don’t think so. I think The Jungle Book – another Disney film – will get that award, for sure.

But maybe I’m wrong. I did, actually, hear recently that Marvel Studios has, in fact, held a ‘for your consideration‘ screening. Who knows, maybe this is Marvel’s year. But what do you think? Sound off in the comments.

– Jeffrey Rex

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