Movies AWARDS SEASON AND THE SUPERHERO: ACADEMY AWARDS FOR 2015 written by Robert Reineke February 29, 2016 We can mostly close the book on awards for 2015, albeit with the Saturn Awards still in the future, with last night’s Academy Awards. The big prize wasn’t taken home by the type of film that we talk about on Modern Myth Media, although I’ll stand by SPOTLIGHT as being a fine film in the vein of ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and certainly a winner that I don’t think will be hurt by the added scrutiny of winning, but comic book type films were represented in the awards, in the presentation, and in the audience. In terms of big winners, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD came home with the most Oscars, six, and it wasn’t even particularly close. Granted, it’s easy to dismiss the wins for Production Design, Sound Effects Editing, Sound Mixing, Costumes, and Makeup and Hairstyling as “merely” technical awards, but I think that does a disservice to the work of all involved. I’d certainly not dismiss its award for Editing as something minor, as it was competing head to head with many of the Best Picture nominees in that category and editing is an important part of all films, not merely action blockbusters. In one of the biggest surprises of the night, EX MACHINA stopped the MAD MAX: FURY ROAD juggernaut by taking home the Oscar for Visual Effects. It’s an award that wasn’t undeserved though, as its special effects, done on a modest budget, where absolutely seamless and enhanced the film. As expected, INSIDE OUT was the winner in the Animated Feature category. Pixar has taken some knocks lately, but I think everyone was appreciative of them pulling off a non-sequel that was as imaginative as their earlier films. In another of the evening’s surprises, “Writing’s on the Wall” from SPECTRE upset Lady Gaga and went home with the Best Song prize. I can’t see the attraction of that song myself, particularly as a Bond song, but clearly someone in Hollywood must like it. And, although they didn’t win individual prizes, it’s certainly notable that Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, and Mark Ruffalo, all veterans of comic book films, got to celebrate a win for SPOTLIGHT. Whatever else you can say, starring in a comic book film these days is merely a Hollywood job, not grounds for typecasting. That certainly wasn’t always the case. Of course, the Oscars are also an opportunity for promotion and comic book films were certainly part of the presentation with pairings of Jared Leto & Margot Robbie and Chris Evans & Chadwick Boseman as presenters. And, of course, comic book veteran J.K. Simmons was featured after last year’s win for WHIPLASH. Combined with numerous shots of Christian Bale, eating Girl Scout cookies no less, and you can’t say that Hollywood is ashamed of their comic book moneymakers. Any show that has two former Batman actors eating cookies, can’t be all bad. Especially with Ben Affleck taking advantage of the post-Oscar Jimmy Kimmel show to promote BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Obviously, we still haven’t seen a comic book film, or film closely associated with the genre like MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, win the big prize, but I don’t think people would have been really shocked if George Miller had gone home with Best Director. That’s progress, albeit we haven’t arrived in the promised land yet. So, thoughts on the Academy Awards? (Or, if you want to be mean, we can mention FANTASTIC FOUR’s strong showing at the Razzies.) AWARDS SEASON AND THE SUPERHERO: ACADEMY AWARDS FOR 2015 was last modified: March 1st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Academy AwardsEx MachinaInside OutMad Max: Fury RoadSpectre 2 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post 10 Plausible Oscar Nominations For Future Superhero Films next post Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Looks And Sounds Great You may also like Open Forum: THE LEGEND OF TARZAN June 30, 2016 Retro Review: MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME May 11, 2015 New TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Poster March 12, 2014 MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Reveals First Poster July 23, 2014 Watch Two Clips From BRIDGE OF SPIES September 25, 2015 DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES... June 19, 2014 Final Trailer For THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING... October 27, 2013 Another New Trailer Showcases The Force Of... September 4, 2013 The Fight for SNOWPIERCER October 22, 2013 Open Forum: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT... June 3, 2016 Adrian Edmondson F4 got what it deserved . So much potential and wasted by studio interference and bland storytelling . Cast was good but Ben needed to be recast , that dude was way to small to be the fun loving athletic Ben Grimm . And Dr.Doom …how can you mess him up twice ?!!! What a mess of a film . stock Robert, I’d like to see some more awards given to this genre, but I think the vast majority will have to be technical awards. And that’s no slight to the hardworking folks who make those worlds real to us fans. Problem is, no genres beside straight drama are usually recognized. I think of some of the great actors who should have won the Oscar, and for some reason, even if they were nominated, they weren’t given the Oscar. Montgomery Clift, Paul Newman, Peter O’Toole. Great actors. Clift was about dead when he appeared in Judgement at Nuremberg. Can’t believe they didn’t give it to him cuz it did him in. Other actors haven’t scored simply because it was a genre film. Nobody has ever bee nominated for playing Sherlock Holmes. Frederick March won for Jekyll and Hyde. Spencer Tracy, who usually got the nom for showing up, didn’t. These folks don’t take genre films seriously. Think of all the flicks you’ve seen where you know there is no way anybody else could have played that part so brilliantly, and yet,,,Nicol Williamson as Merlin, Robert Shaw as Quint, the late Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. It goes on and on. Douglas Rain as Hal 9000. So many, and yet it’s genre, so forget it. I truly think if Heath Ledger were still with us, his role as Mr. J would have been overlooked. A shame, but that’s the way it is.