After 60 years of stomping through city theater after city theater, a big screen vet may finally get his Oscar due: Godzilla.
Now there’s obviously no Oscar category for Godzilla’s performance itself, but the skill category that brings the radioactive-fire breathing monster to life should all but be a a slam dunk. The visual effects in this latest inception of the legendary Godzilla are breathtaking.
The technical prowess displayed in Godzilla’s enemy MUTO (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) is spectacular enough. But when we first lay eyes on the God of all monsters himself, it’s truly remarkable. From his scaly details to his powerful moves, Godzilla is a modern-day throwback to the original Gojira though maybe with a few added extra pounds. But hey, he’s 60 so cut him some slack.
Add to this the battle sequences and destruction of several major cities (don’t worry east coasters, Godzilla has taken pity on you all since you seem to get beat-up in every disaster flick), and you have a force this category hasn’t seen since Godzilla’s mortal enemy King Kong won his Oscars back in 2005.
Let’s not forget two other categories King Kong ran away with that Godzilla could match: the Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Godzilla may have the edge in these as well thanks to his signature roar and his making a mess with MUTO in every city they visit because, let’s face it, these categories love their explosions and destruction.
Now it’s true, there are a truckload of other potential nominees vying for a spot in all three category, including: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
And since 2008, Best Visual Effects and both sound races have gone to Best Picture nominees (with the exception of “Skyfall” which tied with “Zero Dark Thirty” in 2012 for Best Sound Editing). In 2007, “The Golden Compass” won the visual prize while “The Bourne Ultimatum” claimed both sound awards.
Still, one thing is certain: these superheroes, hobbits, mutants, robots, and Oscar himself have never faced off against a God. And when you do, you usually lose – just ask MUTO.