Who's going to get nominated and who will win an Oscar in 2017 for their performance this year in Superhero films???
I want to start by saying that I didn’t perform a “Full Monty” level of journalistic research on superhero film nominations but I did Google some stuff and wiki’d some stuff so, that’s not nothin’. The premise of this article is that the Oscars (and, in fact, all the awards shows) are disrespecting us as an audience. Not to create a false equivalency, but they are doing it to the black performance community too.
As far as I can tell, Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight, is the most nominated superhero film ever, with eight noms, with Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of The Joker being the only acting nominee ever to win. Now, I’m not saying this specifically to be an incitant, but, uh, it seems like the premature death of, one, Mr. Ledger (whose performance was beyond reproach) maaay have had something to do with the weight given to this particular film. I CALL BULLSHIT. The time of 'laughing stock' caliber superhero movies is past (probably).
Now is the time to look to the future: In my future, the superhero movie genre gains the respect it deserves and, ultimately, DOMINATES, the award season. In Steven Spielberg's world, the superhero genre is going the way of the western, although, in fairness, he said that before The Hateful Eight and The Revenant came out. Will 2016 be the year that the worm turns toward Spielberg, or me?
I’m looking at the current slate of movies coming out in 2016: Deadpool (Feb. 12th); Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 25th); Captain America: Civil War (May 6th); X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27th ); Suicide Squad (Aug 5th); Doctor Strange (Nov. 4th); and I’m not really going out on a limb here, but Gambit is out for this year.
There have been many actors in these films that have gotten “Oscar level” respect already (“Oscar level” meaning, the despicable, inbred attention that is reserved for certain actors/ actresses that have tickled the fancy of the nominating committee already) that I will discuss as we go.
So, I'm looking at, not just the top categorizes, but those that SHOULD be dominated by these type of films, and I want you to give me the scoop: Who, from the upcoming “superhero movie” films, do you think may get nominated for an Oscar next year?
Also, feel free to let me know what you think are the best performances that have been dissed over the years.
Given the group of films that we have, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse & Dr, Strange are the only likely candidates as Deadpool and Suicide Squad are not established, and the movies consist of, mostly, ALL bad guys. Side Note: I think Suicide Squad will be the best of all.
Which film will get nominated for "Best Picture" in 2017?
Best Actor in a Leading Role
This one is great because, first, I'm looking at the depth of the role, then, the legacy with Oscar (which is ridiculous, and, don't get me started), so you'll get it. Affleck, despite the vitriol that was spewed upon his announcement, is one of the most respected of the bunch associated with superhero films (and, as such, is why I knew he was the right caped crusader), so he's at the top of my list. Hollywood loves #redemption. Oscar Isaac, the man who is Apocalypse, is one of my favorite actors. Inside Llewyn Davis is one of my favorite flicks, Ex Machina is a great film also, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him nominated. Now there is Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch. He is the man that my very well bring our favorite genre to the realm (the 10th realm?) of respectability. Why? Because he is a highly respected actor and impossible to ignore. Marvel and DC have done a wonderful job getting, so-called, A-list actors into the fold. C-Batch, may be ground zero for super hero film legitimacy. Lastly, we have Jared Leto in Suicide Squad as The Joker. This is a real wild card for me. Personally, I think it will be more of a supporting role so I am going to include him in my other article. BUT, I think Oscar would LOVE giving him an award for the same role as Heath Ledger (the inbreeding thing). So...
Who will be in the mix for "Best Actor"?
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Over the years, the depiction of female superheroes has been weak, and both DC and Marvel admit this. Will this be the year that they break out a leading female star? Unfortunately, NO, but they are on their way. I'm not sure any of these films will have a "female lead", but I'll throw a few out for fun, accepting the fact that they will all probably be "supporting" characters. There are a precious few that will have fairly large roles. Tilda Swinton as "The Ancient One" in Dr. Strange has met Oscar before and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) and Cara Delevingne are real "up and comers". I'm of the school that thinks Cara D.'s Enchantress is the big bad in SS. Tell me me who's there next year...
Who will be the "Best Actress in a LEADING Role?
Historically, the most nominations for superhero movies have fallen in the technical categories. The Dark Knight won for Best Sound editing, that is a start. The other rabbit holes that our favorite films could fall into are, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing/ Best Mixing, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects & Best Production Design, to name a few. But the one that should get the most attention is Best Costume Design. I mean, The Revenant and The Hateful Eight were great, but these superhero costumes are incredible. Avengers:Age of Ultron, received ZERO nominations and there was soooo much going on there.
Who will have the Best Costume Design?
Stay tuned for my next presentation of the supporting roles and the, all important, screenplay adaptation Oscar. see which screenplay that I can, almost, guarantee will get nominated...