Comic book movies have been dominating the motion picture box office for decades, but at the Academy Awards… not so much.
Every year the Oscars highlight the so-called best movies, performances and technical accomplishments of the year, but comic book adaptations rarely make it into the acting and writing categories, and after all this time they’ve still never been nominated for Best Picture or Best Director. They get nominated for a lot of technical awards, but they rarely ever win. (Did you know that none of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have ever won an Oscar? Crazy, right?)
But although it sure seems like the Oscars have it out for comic book movies, they actually do have a long history of nominating them, going all the way back to the 1940s. Join us for a trip through history as we look at every single comic book adaptation to earn an Oscar nomination, and the relatively small number of comic book films that actually won an Academy Award.
Are you pulling big for Logan at the Oscars this year? Bummed that Wonder Woman didn’t get any nominations? Psyched for The Shape of Water? Let’s discuss in the comments!