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Oscars 2023: Should Black Panther 2 and Batman get more space?

Despite encompassing most of the films already awaited by the public, the list of Oscar 2023 nominees did not please everyone. This is because many well-evaluated and celebrated titles in 2022 did not even get a nomination for one of the event’s categories, while others achieved very few nominations. This is the case, for example, of The Batman and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever After.

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The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, was one of the most hyped films of last year and represented one of the biggest successes for DC and the world of superheroes in cinema. In all, the Batman movie has raised $770 million at the box office worldwide, according to website Box Office Mojo.

The Batman greatly pleased fans of the DC hero, but not so much the Oscar, which placed the film only in technical categories in 2023.Source: DC/Warner

To top it off, the production earned a 7.8 on the IMDb website, based on 661,000 reviews. Already on Rotten Tomatoes, a site that also aggregates movie scores online, the high approval was also strong. About 85% of critics and 87% of the audience approved the DC film, which was highly praised for its noir narrative, bringing together investigative and dark elements.

Even with all that, The Batman won only 3 Oscar 2023 nominations, all in technical categories. They are: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. What made fans of the hero very upset, since they thought that the film deserved, at least, to enter the categories of Best Film and Best Cinematography, for example.

What is the case for Black Panther 2?

Something similar happened with the movie black panther 2direct sequel to the Marvel character’s solo film, released in 2018. Despite the positive reviews and surprising box office, the work had only 5 Oscar 2023 nominations. wakanda forever it has a 7.2 on IMDb, and an 84% critics and 94% audience approval on Rotten Tomatoes. Overall, the film had a worldwide box office of $840 million.

At the Oscars 2023, black panther 2 received the following nominations: Best Supporting Actress, for Angela Bassett; Best Costume Design, for Ruth R. Carter; Best Original Song, for Tems, Ludwig Göransson, Rihanna and Ryan Coogler; Best Makeup and Hairstyling, for Camille Friend and Joel Harlow; and Best Visual Effects for Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, Hanzhi Tang and Dan Sudick.

However, fans of the Marvel title did not like the fact that the film did not enter, for example, in the main category of the party, which is Best Film. Something that the first Black Panther feature achieved in 2018, making history by being the first superhero production to win the nomination.

But why, after all, are superhero movies often snubbed at the Oscars, especially in the major categories?

Oscars and Superhero Movies: What Happens?

There is no clear and definite explanation as to why the Academy responsible for the Oscars prioritizes certain films over others. The fact, however, is that there are some genres that, historically, have been snubbed by awards. This is the case of horror and superhero productions, for example, which are very rarely invited to “participate” in the event.

To make this even clearer: in the 94 years of the Academy’s existence, only 18 horror films have been remembered by the cinematic ceremony. Among these works, only one won the Best Film category, which was The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

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In the case of superhero films, there were 27 appearances during that same time (not counting animations, only live-action films), as indicated by a list made by the Insider website. Of these 27 nominees, only 9 won, as revealed in an article by Cinema Blend. A very low number, if we stop to think that the genre has been on the rise for a long time in cinema.

Justifications for this could be: the Academy prefers drama films, with more “dense” narratives; the Oscar values ​​”prestige”, and not all works would fit into this mentality; Academy members would think similarly, with no room for different choices for the award. It should be noted, however, that these are just theories.

In any case, we’ll see how the Oscars can move to cover more genres in the future, if that, in fact, happens.

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