Like any film fan, I watch the Academy Awards. The pomp, the prestige, and the pageantry usually makes for a good time. That’s not to say I always agree with the awards however. For instance, where was the best picture nomination for The Avengers? Surely I must jest. A super hero summer blockbuster standing amongst Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Lincoln? It’s loud! It has special effects! It has an angry green giant tearing stuff apart! It was also far and above the most entertaining movie I saw in 2012. Just because it made heaps of money doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be recognized as an amazing film.
If Avengers doesn’t ring of best picture material to you, what about The Dark Knight. Gritty and thoughtful, with expert plotting and captivating performances, The Dark Knight wasn’t dissimilar to previous thrillers The Hurt Locker, The Departed, and No Country for Old Men which took home the statue. Yet was it nominated for the category? Was it even considered?It seems the Academy is too quick to dismiss the caped crusaders for best picture contenders. Even if the Academy has yet to realize it, The Dark Knight has shown us that super heroes have come a long way from the campy lampoonery of yesteryear.
The Man of Steel is hitting theatres in a few short months and looks to continue the trend. It stars Henry Cavil, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Lawrence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon (everyone but the newcomer Cavil is an Academy Award nominee and/or winner). You can find all of the films that CPL carries for any of these, or other stars by doing the following: in the Search the Catalogue box on our home page enter the person's name and dvd as in, Russell Crowe dvd. Up pops all their titles!
With a heavy hitting cast, a dark and realistic tone said to echo The Dark Knight, and extremely positive buzz surrounding the film, we may very well see a super hero flick sneaking into the coveted category next award season. I for one, am eagerly awaiting a super hero film that can not only appease the masses, but convince the academy voters as well.
Do you think The Avengers or The Dark Knight deserved a best picture nom? Are there other super hero films that should have received more recognition? What about science fiction in general, a category that is traditionally ignored by the Academy? Sound off with your comments below.