Despite horrific reviews, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ is Oscar bound

Another “Transformers” movie, another billion(ish) dollars worldwide.

While director Michael Bay is riding high on yet another popcorn success story, no doubt he’s secretly wondering if he’ll ever receive vindication from the academy that proves his work actually means something. While Bay is a longshot for a Best Director Oscar due to the nature of the franchise, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is actually very much in the game this year for a trio of technical Oscars.

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Despite all those terrible reviews it’s been getting at Metacritic (where its current score is 31) and Rotten Tomatoes (with a freshness score of 17%), we can still expect the new “Age of Extinction” to be a strong contender for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing based solely on recent Oscar history.

Just look at how the first three “Transformers” blockbusters fared at the Oscars:

“Transformers” (2007) – 3 nominations
Best Visual Effects – lost to “The Golden Compass”
Best Sound Editing – lost to “The Bourne Ultimatum”
Best Sound Mixing – lost to “The Bourne Ultimatum”

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009) – 1 nomination
Best Sound Mixing – lost to “The Hurt Locker”

Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (2011) – 3 nominations
Best Visual Effects – lost to “Hugo
Best Sound Editing – lost to “Hugo
Best Sound Mixing – lost to “Hugo

All three films received a nod for Sound Mixing, while the first and third iterations also netted Sound Editing and Visual Effects nominations. That’s great news for the Mark Wahlberg-fronted “Age of Extinction,” which should do as well as its predecessors in those tech categories.

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But even with seven total nominations so far, the “Transformers” franchise has yet to win. Our own Tom O’Neil posed the question in our movie forum about whether the “Transformers” flicks are kaput at the Oscars, and here are a few of your colorful responses:

vinny: The special effects are always great in those movies. Assuming that’s why the scripts are always a little lacking since special effects are probably costly

ETPhoneHome: It’s obviously a series with excellent technical potential, so VFX will always be a strong possibility and the sound categories depend on the quality of the competition. If there is a film like “Gravity” or “Avatar” this year, then it won’t stand a chance, simply because it might be looked at as “old hat.”

FNLFan89: Hopefully kaput. If a franchise like “Transformers” can win an Oscar, and one like “Harry Potter” couldn’t, that would be such an embarrassment.

Tyler The Awesome Guy: I hate the Transformers series, but the visual effects… hot damn! I think that “Age of Extinction” will still get at max 3 nominations at the Oscars.

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