One of the most anticipated movies of the year is, unsurprisingly, a comic book movie. However, what is surprising though, is that the movie in question is not just any comic book movie, but an adaptation of one of the most beloved (and disturbing) graphic novels of all time, The Killing Joke. Starring Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, easily the most popular actors to voice The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime, the film has quickly gained a large following since its announcement. Sadly, even with the large following and phenomenal source material for the animated film, the movie will not win an Oscar in 2017.
Other Movies Released
Unlike most other years where it's almost always incredibly easy to tell what movie will win "Best Animated Picture," this year has already seen two movies with amazing critical acclaim, Finding Dory and Zootopia, and with Disney releasing one more film this year, Moana, the race is going to be tighter than ever, and especially given how the academy seems to favor Disney movies, the odds of even a nomination for the movie are already slim to none. But even without the Disney/Pixar movies this year, could The Killing Joke get nominated?
Oscar Eligibility Requirements
The Oscars have a number of rules concerning films that are eligible for nominations, the most important one in this case being:
For a qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily, with at least one screening beginning between 6:00pm and 10:00pm daily
As most fans following the movie have already heard, the film will be receiving a one-night-only showing at select theaters nationwide. While all other requirements are covered, the only thing keeping The Killing Joke from an Oscar nomination (besides other movies) is its release. However, if the movie can get a week-long release, fulfilling the requirements, the odds could certainly be in its favor for an Oscar nomination.
What If It Does Run For A Week?
Even if The Killing Joke could garner enough support for a week-long run in Los Angeles county, what are the odds it could get nominated and/or win? Well, simply put, likely. "Best Animated Feature" can only have five films nominated, and with Moana, Finding Dory, and Zootopia, a nomination for Killing Joke sounds unlikely, but besides those three — which are basically shoe-ins (unless Moana somehow bombs, which is beyond unlikely) — there are at most two more spots for nominations. While both other high-profile animated films released so far this year have not fared as well with critics, with Angry Birds and Secret Life of Pets at 47 percent and 78 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively. While 78 percent doesn't seem that low, remember The Good Dinosaur got an 87 percent and was still snubbed, and LEGO Movie got 96 percent and still didn't get a nomination.
Could The Rules Change?
Simply put, no. While it's technically possible, the odds of the academy making a rule change for this movie is incredibly unlikely. The last major rule change, as some may remember, was increasing the amount of people in the academy, and changing the rules about being a member of the academy. So even though rule changes can happen, they are quite rare and the odds of seeing two major rule changes in one year is almost too unlikely to be counted on.