The Academy Awards hates nerds. This past ceremony proves it. Sure, titles like Joker, Black Panther, and The Dark Knight might have won some courtesy awards or got a handful of nods for their box office performances.
I liked all of these films, loved them, in fact, and sure, Joker won several awards at the 92nd Academy Awards, but the same year, Avengers: Endgame came out. Guess which one got the cold should. Comparing the two, both got snubbed for the “Best Picture” category. Joker was nominated but did not win while Avengers: Endgame was ignored altogether. The same thing happened this year. Spider-Man: No Way Home, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, and The Suicide Squad all got the snub at the 2022 Oscars.
I have nothing against Parasite, the film that won, but it goes to show that Hollywood hates superheroes. (As an aside, I have to say, I am happy Parasite won over the Hollywood stuffed shirts.)
Now, The Suicide Squad was not “Best Picture” material, I will admit that. That being said, it deserved an award for its cast, comedic timing, costumes, and soundtrack. It did not even get a single nomination. Not one. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Why? For the reason that audiences loved it. Hollywood once again is giving high-fives to their inner circle instead of honoring films that wowed the audience.
That leads us to “Best Picture.” Spider-Man: No Way Home should have been on the list. It made more money than each of the other nominees, it was beloved by audiences PLUS the critics, and it paid homage to one of the best film franchises based on a Marvel Comics character. Yet, it got the snub.
Now, why did the Spidey sequel deserve to win Best Picture? Forget the fact that it is one of the best adaptions of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s character. The Marvel Studios film was number one at the box office for several days, stayed in the top ten for longer than expected, and did this all during an unconstitutional lockdown. For that achievement alone, it should have won an Oscar. As for the other reasons, it was well-paced, told a good story, had amazing effects, and one of the most amazing climaxes in superhero cinematic history.
However, Hollywood ignored the MCU movie and gave it a few courtesy Oscar nods that the entertainment industry insiders thought would pacify the audience. It was insulting and from the list of films that were nominated, it showed a lack of imagination.
Even the so-called “Fan Favorite” and “Cheer Moment” nominees turned out to be a sham. Everyone was saying Spider-Man: No Way Home would win both of those titles. Instead, the Hollywood elite mocked fans by caving to an SJW mob promoting Zack Snyder. “Cheer Moment” goes to his elongated cut of Justice League and his woke Zombie film Army of the Dead. It was a slap in the face.
That goes double for Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. It should have been on the “Best Animation” AND the “Best International Film” lists… plus it should have won. It was totally passed over and ignored. It was a movie that also did excellent during the pandemic, one that inspired audiences and even audience members unfamiliar with the anime it is spun-off from loved it. However, Hollywood thumbed its nose at the animated masterpiece.
As I have said before, the truth is that comic book fans, nerds, otakus, and geeks are going to have to learn. Hollywood is never going to love you. No matter how many hypocritical directors like Martin Scorsese, Rian Johnson, or Francis Ford Coppolla say they will never make a superhero film and then go on to make a bad one or eat crow and sign onto one, Hollywood will never get it. Think about the snubs of Iron Man, The Dark Knight, or even Marvel’s The Avengers received. Each one of these films deserved Best Picture but were shoved aside because Hollywood is too woke and too broke to care about the audience.
It is time for us who enjoy these kinds of movies to move on from Hollywood. It is steeped in elitism, artistic snobbery, and wokeness to the point of breaking. Hurting them at their wallets is not working. We must simply ignore their asinine films. Ignore the new nostalgia bait and woke content that ruins our favorite franchises. Let’s take back pop culture.
I know I am repeating myself, but here is what I am suggesting: we need to start creating our award systems. Even if it is just writing on a blog, livestreaming, or posting on social media. We list our own favorite films, why, and even get our audiences involved. It will take time, but I think if we create competition, it could change at the best, and at the very least, we will have some fun.
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