‘Avengers: Endgame’ Lost Its Academy Award But Still Holds an Unfortunate Oscar Record

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. at the

It seems Avengers: Endgame really can’t have all of it.

When Black Panther received three Oscars and obtained a Best Picture nomination in 2019, many trade insiders believed it may very well be an indication of change. Maybe the Academy Awards had lastly realized comedian ebook motion pictures might transcend pure popcorn leisure to develop into awards-worthy artwork. As it seems, this wasn’t totally inaccurate.

In 2020, a blockbuster comedian ebook film did obtain high-profile Oscar wins. It simply wasn’t one from Marvel Studios. While Joker walked away with 11 nominations and two wins, Avengers: Endgame couldn’t even take dwelling the one award it was up for. Perhaps this isn’t a lot of a silver lining, however at the very least this loss now provides the Marvel juggernaut a doubtful honor.

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. at the 'Avengers: Endgame' world premiere
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. on the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ world premiere | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

‘Avengers: Endgame’ was an epic cinematic occasion

By some other metric, Avengers: Endgame was the cinematic occasion of the 12 months. The movie’s unreal field workplace efficiency — $858 million domestically and $2.eight billion worldwide — shattered tons of data. Fans, in the meantime, praised how administrators Joe and Anthony Russo delivered a satisfying conclusion to the primary 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Although critics sometimes view the MCU favorably, they have been additional ecstatic about Avengers: Endgame. The movie’s three-hour runtime didn’t gradual it down by any stretch. If something, the prolonged runtime gave the Russos time to pay efficient tribute to the unique line-up of Avengers. After all, Avengers: Endgame will seemingly be the final time a few of these characters will seem.

Even although Disney campaigned exhausting for it, the Academy Awards largely seemed previous the love for Avengers: Endgame. The movie obtained a sole nomination for Best Visual Effects, which it in the end misplaced to World War I drama 1917. Now, making the loss maybe a bit tougher, the Marvel Studios game-changer holds the final document anybody would assume to position on it.

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes met their match

The 2020 Oscars mark the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony. Over practically a century, in response to MovieWeb, solely 10 motion pictures have ever held the title of all-time highest-grossing film. Now, due to the aforementioned field workplace take, Avengers: Endgame sits atop that checklist. Marvel Studios has bragging rights till the subsequent epic blockbuster dethrones it. But this distinction additionally makes Avengers: Endgame the one film to ever maintain that document with out a single Academy Award win.

From Gone with the Wind to Avatar, each different film which — at one time limit or one other — might declare the highest-grossing title has obtained some Oscar love. But Avengers: Endgame fell quick. It’s unclear why the academy deemed the beloved Marvel Studios movie unworthy. For now, we’ll blame it on 1917’s mini-sweep of the technical classes.

Marvel Phase Four will reset the franchise

Of course, there’s all the time the prospect Marvel Studios itself might liberate Avengers: Endgame of this unhappy distinction. But we wouldn’t maintain our breath for that to occur anytime quickly. Even although Marvel is ramping up its annual output, the studio received’t get to a different story as anticipated or grand in scope as Avengers: Endgame for a protracted whereas.

The Russos’ movie was the end result of every part that had come earlier than it within the MCU. In that regard, it’s the uncommon cinematic expertise that solely comes round just a few occasions in a era. So, reasonably than attempting to prime the untoppable, Marvel is correctly scaling again in Phase 4.

Films like Black Widow, The Eternals, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings develop the MCU in thrilling and new methods. Even although followers might need a little bit of a wait earlier than the subsequent universe-ending risk, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige certainly has a trick or two up his sleeve. Be able to assemble, academy.

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