Thursday, October 27, 2016

Can Doctor Strange break the MCU's Oscar-less streak?

If any film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) stable can break through and finally win the Achievement in Visual Effects category of the Oscars, that's Doctor Strange. The visuals are trippy, mesmerizing, fantastic, and ultimately important to the mystical world being set up in the latest MCU installment. It's unlike anything that's been seen before in MCU...or perhaps even outside of it.

The following MCU films have been nominated in this category before:

Iron Man (81st Academy Awards, 2009)
Iron Man 2 (83rd Academy Awards, 2011)
The Avengers (85th Academy Awards, 2013)
Iron Man 3 (86th Academy Awards, 2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (87th Academy Awards, 2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy (87th Academy Awards, 2015)

I am predicting a nomination for Doctor Strange (as many others are), and I also feel like this is finally the year when we'll have an MCU movie win in the category. The likeliest competition for the film are Arrival, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle BookPassengers, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

A win for Doctor Strange would also be the first Oscar for an MCU film.

I believe that aside from the Visual Effects category, the film also has quite a good chance of being nominated in Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Even just three out of these seven potential nominations would put it on top of all other MCU movies; only Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy have more than one nomination (two for Iron Man: one for Visual Effects and another for Sound Editing; two for Guardians: Visual Effects, Makeup and Hairstyling). With its Oscar-friendly release date and glowing reviews, it stands the best chance of achieving this feat (especially if it becomes a box office hit).

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