KineCritical Staff


‘Tis that time of the season where the blood runs hot for cinephiles and movie snobs alike. The Oscars are ever present in our future, and some of the contenders are already being discussed. So we find it interesting that there is one category that seems to be dominated by a genre that, only five years ago, would have been considered less than Oscar worthy.

Comic books are kicking the behind out of a lot of blockbusters these days, and the short list for best SFX at the Oscars also getting run over by the train of nerdy, sexy, comicmania. On the short list, among others as of right now, include:

Guardians of the Galaxy

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Transformers: Age of Extinction




The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Night of the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

It’s incredibly stiff competition, but the fact that 30% of the films on the list are based on comic books is still astounding. Even now the Academy has to admit that the genre has a lot to offer in the spectacle department. But we have to wonder if the trend of comic book films losing will continue this year. In awards shows past, especially the Oscars, we’ve witnessed films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight lose to titles such as Benjamin Button and Life of Pi. It’s near impossible for a comic book movie to make it to the Oscars, and even harder to pull out a win. Christopher Nolan, himself, with The Dark Knight nominated eight times, could only muster up wins in Best Sound Editing and Best Supporting Actor–and that’s a movie still talked about in terms of its artistic, cinematic, and thematic superiority to just about any other film.

So we will wait and see. Can Guardians or Cap, or even the X-Men pull it out? Or will we watch them get cut from the shortlist by the time they raise the curtain on February 22nd? We guess we’ll see.

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