Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, has opened up about the Marvel movies and their lack of nominations at Oscars. He expressed his thoughts on why they might have failed to pick many nominations.
To date, Marvel has released 26 films, excluding MCU TV shows that are ineligible for Oscars. In total, MCU titles have received 19 Academy Award nominations. The best Visual Effects category has seen the most of the MCU titles with 10 nominations i.e. Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, and Endgame. Iron Man also managed to get a nomination for Best Sound Editing, while Guardians of the Galaxy sneaked in nominees for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
While this may seem like a silver lining, the fact is these movies aren’t the latest ones when you look at the Marvel movies in order, which raises a bit of a concern; especially, since the entire franchise has such a huge fan following around the world.
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The rest of the nominations for a Marvel project were clinched by Black Panther which is the most recognized production title at the Oscars. Surpassing its peers based on captivating storytelling, impressive acting, and state-of-the-art production design, it got nominated in seven categories: Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Costume Design.
Moreover, Black Panther was also the first Marvel title that managed to win an Academy Award cast by Chadwick Boseman, garnering three of them: Best Production Design for Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart, Best Original Score for Ludwig Göransson, and Best Costume Design for Ruth E. Carter. However, we might not see more of him in the much-anticipated and upcoming movie since Kevin Feige already that Black Panther 2 will not recast Chadwick Boseman.
Amid the lack of nominations at Oscars despite the popularity of Marvel films among viewers, Feige expressed his thoughts regarding the matter. “I think we are always at a deficit because of the Marvel logo and because of a genre bias that certainly exists,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I just loved that for a shining moment there with Black Panther that was put aside and the work was recognized for the achievement that it was.”
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Feige also discussed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, stating he expects the film to be acknowledged at the Academy Awards for the work of Kym Barrett – the costume designer, William Pope – the cinematographer, and others as well.
“There are a lot of comic fans that didn’t know who Shang-Chi was. And yet the work that Destin [Cretton, director] did and Dave [Callaham, screenwriter] did and Sue [Chan, production designer] did and Joel [P. West, composer] did create something new that connected with audiences,” Feige stated. “We recognized it, the audience recognized it, and I sure would love the hard work of all of these people who are telling their story to get recognized.”
The next anticipated Marvel movie to storm the big screen is Spider-Man: No Way Home. By the early looks of its trailers (which show all the classic villains making a comeback) and snippets, it looks like it’s going to have a multiversal plot. It will premiere on December 15 in the UK and December 17 in the USA.
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