Oscar season means two things. For us common-folk, we’ve already begun to see more independent, “Oscar Bait” pushing Blockbusters out of theaters as the summer movie season winds down and fall begins. For those who are members of the Academy, it’s now officially screener season! Oscar voters from all areas of expertise including writing, directing, acting, producing, and many other technical roles are being sent DVDs of movies for their consideration before the first round of voting starts; the round that establishes which films have enough votes to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Because studios try to release their Oscar hopefuls between now and January 1, screeners can be fun in that you are often sent films currently in theaters. Deadline reports that this year’s first DVD screener to arrive is none other than March’s Logan. Interestingly enough, Deadline also notes that 20th Century Fox has never released the first screener in previous years, so they are being very aggressive with Logan‘s push for an Oscar.
Though I’m sure there are some skeptics out there (I know some of them), Logan absolutely deserves nominations for Best Picture and several Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor Oscars for Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and even Dafne Keen. Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director nominations don’t seem entirely out of line either.
Even with the added appeal of Hugh Jackman’s last turn as Wolverine, I wouldn’t hold my breath, Logan fans. The Academy is notorious for ignoring films in genres such as the superhero genre — and basically any other mainstream genre — so as much as I think it deserves it, Best Picture is highly unlikely. Maybe Jackman gets a Best Actor nod… maybe. Logan is a rare breed; even as a comic book movie die-hard, I can admit there have only been three or so comic book adaptations good enough to be considered, including Spider-Man 2, The Dark Knight, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Care to hazard a guess how many of those were actually nominated?
So, good on ya’ 20th Century Fox, for getting there first, but I’m already sending my apologies that Logan will be overlooked this year, as quality movies similar to it are overlooked every year.
What Oscars do you think Logan deserves? Anything at all? Or am I giving the film too much credit? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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