Like most people I enjoyed watching the Oscars the other night trying to see if any of my personal favorite films will win an award. I will openly say that I was sadly not able to see every single film that was nominated simply because not all the films are released on time outside of the US. Birdman was only released a few weeks back and the Theory of Everything won’t arrive until mid-March. Yet it is still interesting to see what films achieve to win the awards and what small jokes are scattered throughout the night. One of my personal highlights was Jack Black interrupting the song by Neil Patrick Harris, which was quite a lot of fun.
So the most interesting aspect of the Oscars to me personally is to see how the superhero films do, as there seems to be some debate if the Academy even considers them worthy of winning any awards. There are some exceptions like the amazing performance by Heath Ledger won an Oscar posthumously. This year though seems a bit odd though if you consider that while Guardians of the Galaxy was nominated in two categories and Captain America: The Winter Soldier they didn’t win, but the winner of Best Film this year was Birdman. Also, Big Hero 6 was able to snag the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Slowly seeing how the times might be changing, even if slowly?
Let us start with some upsetting words by Ra’s Al Ghul himself, Liam Neeson. A man who was in the movie that was at the start of the current renaissance of the superhero genre said the following line while praising the Best Picture nominees.
Hollywood is often criticized for making too many movies based on comic books and best-sellers.
Considering that up to this point there haven’t been as many superhero films as there will be starting in the next few years with 2016 in particular being filled with films, it seems odd for this actor to make this statement. Hell, even Birdman pays tribute to the genre that made actors famous for some time for playing these roles, but is more a statement regarding the tribulations an actor must go through if he reaches his peak too early in his career and how difficult it can be to overcome it. Yet a film that somewhat pays homage to the original Batman film that started it all has won the award for Best Picture.
While it is disappointing that Guardians and Captain didn’t win even if both had some amazing effects in their films, one has to consider the popularity of their competitors that helped boost their success at winning. Still, one Marvel inspired superhero film was able to win an award in the end, Big Hero 6. Some could point out that Disney is very effective at winning the awards if Pixar isn’t one of the nominees, but it still could be a sign to some coming change. In the coming years we will see many more films heading our way in the genre, so who knows if with every passing year their chances at winning might rise.
What do you think? You glad Birdman and Big Hero 6 won? Do you disagree? Then leave a comment below!