“War for the Planet of the Apes” opened on July 14 to some of the summer’s best reviews. The film concludes the modern apes trilogy that began in 2011 with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and then continued in 2014 with “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Each film has received more praise than the last. Could the finale show up at the Oscars next year? We asked our readers, and they overwhelmingly say yes — but in which categories?
A whopping 97% of respondents expect the film to contend for Oscars, but not necessarily in the top category. The majority of readers (58%) say the film will be snubbed for Best Picture but make the cut in other races. That would be consistent with the last two films, which were both nominated for one award apiece: Best Visual Effects. The films are nothing if not a technical marvel, creating a fully realized character out of Andy Serkis‘s performance-capture role as an evolved ape rebelling against the human race.
But 23% of our reader do think the film will be nominated for Best Picture, and 16% think the film will actually win the top prize. A few years ago that might have seemed farfetched, but “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) proved that a decades-long franchise could enjoy a sudden surge in awards attention, and the changing demographics of the academy towards a younger, more diverse membership could benefit films like “War” against the usual historical dramas and biopics that have become synonymous with the Academy Awards.
Do you agree with our readers? Will “War for the Planet of the Apes” make an Oscars appearance? And if so, will it be limited to technical and craft categories or be welcomed in the top race? You can keep voting here, and let us know what you think by debating your fellow movie fans in our forums.