It may be May, but I’ve already started my own personal fan campaign for a film that to me is Oscar-worthy: Captain America: Civil War. Now before you guys say how it will never happen, I’ll delve into why I think it should happen.
The film does have the usual high-action sequences and fun banter between the characters that you would expect in a Marvel movie. But it also deals with relevant, real-world storytelling, depicting themes of war, terrorism, and the government. The conflict of the Avengers deciding whether they should be put under surveillance or be allowed to roam freely provides shades of issues like the Snowden conflict with people debating on whether we should be watched by the government.
So it is not only deserving of the tech nods it’s likely to get but also Best Picture, Director for the Russo Bros., Adapted Screenplay, maybe nods for a few of its actors like Chris Evans or even Scarlett Johansson, Film Editing, etc..
Watch this only get the VFX nom
Fat chance. There is no way that the Oscars will go for this outside of VFX and maybe the Sound categories. The fact that they embraced Mad Max as much as they did is a miracle.
We sat through 2 entirely different movies
Gosh, remember Chaplin when Robert Downey, Jr. was an interesting actor?
The only somewhat diverting task during this bloated, earsplitting movie is to count the surprising number of Oscar nominated/winning actors picking up a check – William Hurt, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Marisa Tomei, and Alfre Woodard.
While I really enjoyed this movie, it is probably not going to play at the Oscars outside of Visual Effects, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
I also remember last year, reading a few articles from journalists who were able to get into the Visual Effects screening for the bake off finalists. And they reported hearing that many voters in that branch sort of scoffed at the Marvel properties. They had two chances to nominate worthy Marvel movies (the inventive and VFX dependent Ant-Man and the more bombastic Avengers: Age of Ultron) but both were snubbed. Civil War features a nice mix of CGI (Scarlet Witch’s magic, CG enhanced suits on Panther & Spidey) plus some great practical effects. But we have already seen a movie that could easily beat it in The Jungle Book. I think it’ll get a nod or two but will go home empty handed.