‘Black Panther’ at Oscars: What does the Marvel Cinema Universe Academy Awards track record tell us?

The best hope for a superhero movie is to rely on strong reviews to separate from the rest of the superhero pack and carry them forward to awards glory. That’s what worked for “The Dark Knight.” On that note, we’ve ranked the top 10 MCU pictures based on their Rotten Tomatoes rating and have taken a look at how they came up at the Oscars.

We have not included “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” or “Ant-Man and the Wasp” in this top 10, even though they all would’ve made it ratings-wise, because we are obviously still waiting on the results of their awards year.

Six out of the 10 best-rated MCU films were nominated at the Oscars – not a kind ratio at all. However, we can take away the fact that, out of the Insix of them are in the above list. That means that, yes, you need to be a highly-rated MCU film to stand a true chance of being nominated.

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That bodes well for “Black Panther,” which would have ranked first with 97%, and for “Infinity War,” which would have ranked 10th with 83%. It also bodes well for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which, with 88%, would have finished 9th. The other two films nominated for Academy Awards were “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3,” which had ratings of 73% and 79%, respectively.

All eight MCU films that have been nominated for Oscars have all been nominated for Visual Effects. A couple of them have nabbed noms in other categories (“Guardians” with Makeup & Hair, “Iron Man” with Sound Editing).

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The last Marvel flick to earn an Academy Award nomination was James Gunn‘s “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2,” which earned a Visual Effects nod. “Doctor Strange” also managed the same nomination a year before.

But be warned: Marvel movies are often short-changed at the Oscars. Nine of the 17 MCU movies (not including this year’s three) were snubbed. Last year, with the visual spectacle that was “Thor: Ragnarok,” the MCU came up short with academy voters. And “Ragnarok” could’ve easily been nominated for several awards, like Cinematography, Visual Effects, Original Score and, dare we say it, Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Goldblum‘s iconic turn as The Grandmasters. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb here and say he was snubbed. #JusticeForJeff.

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