It’s been a stellar year for Marvel Studios as it moved into phase three of its mega-plan for movies known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It kicked off 2016 with “Captain America: Civil War,” hailed as their best film to date, and ended the year with “Doctor Strange,” which was both a critical and commercial success. But will the academy include these 13th and 14th installments in the MCU when nominations are announced on Jan. 24?
Currently, we are predicting only one nomination for “Doctor Strange”: it is third on our odds chart for Best Visual Effects (it’d be a worthy winner). “Captain America: Civil War” sits in sixth place on that same chart, just missing out on a nomination. Elsewhere, the two films are viable contenders for Best Sound Editing. But with odds of 100/1 each compared to the 16/1 odds of fifth-ranked “The Jungle Book,” it’s unlikely.
And that’s pretty much it. “Doctor Strange” is deserving of recognition in both costume and production design while “Civil War” thoroughly deserves to be seen as serious competition for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (for the effervescent Robert Downey Jr. who delivers a truly nuanced performance) and, frankly, Best Picture, too.
MCU producer Kevin Feige is going to have to wait at least another year for true awards success. Perhaps the upcoming “Infinity War” or “Black Panther” may be his breakthrough film at the Oscars. For now, Marvel Studios will likely be getting just that one Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Same old, same old.
Conversely, “Deadpool,” the eighth film in the “X-Men” franchise, is far closer to a Best Picture nomination than either of these films. Although the title character is a Marvel creation, the film is not from Marvel Studios. It’s picked up key bids from the PGA, DGA, WGA and ACE Eddies as well as two at the Golden Globes (Best Comedy/ Musical and Best Comedy/Musical Actor – Ryan Reynolds).
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