“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has opened to solid reviews — 69 on MetaCritic, 88% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes — but as we’ve seen before superhero movies don’t fare well at the Oscars. The most successful was “The Dark Knight” in 2008, but despite tremendous box office ($1 billion worldwide) and near-unanimous acclaim it was infamously snubbed for writing, directing, and Best Picture.
The Marvel franchise — including the “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” and “Avengers” films — hasn’t matched “Dark Knight” for acclaim, but many of them nevertheless rival the Oscar contenders when it comes to critical support; consider that “The Winter Soldier” has actually matched or outscored Oscar nominees and winners like “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “The Reader,” “The Blind Side,” and even “Crash” on MetaCritic.
Like many other action blockbusters, however, some of the Marvel films have made an impact in technical categories like Best Visual Effects. All three “Iron Man” films have earned nominations in that race, most recently “Iron Man 3” last year, and so did “The Avengers” in 2012.
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