Avengers: Endgame may well be the biggest selling movie of all time, but that popularity rarely translates into Academy Awards. Over the year’s and largely due to the influence of Harvey Weinstein, the Academy has focussed on smaller movies and the most popular blockbusters seem to have no chance of seriously being considered.
Endgame director siblings the Russo Brothers recently spoke with The Daily Beast about Endgame‘s award chances and how the Academy has changed over the years.
“Jose It’s certainly as difficult as it gets—without question,” says Joe Russo. “On a scale of 1-10, this is a 12. We’ll say this: there certainly is a disconnect between the Academy and popular audiences. It started about 20 years ago. If you go back and look at the Academy Awards up until that point, they were in sync with popular audiences.”
“That’s what happened,” chimes in Anthony Russo regarding Harvey Weinstein’s influence on the Academy’s new focus on art house movies. “And to its credit, the Academy seems very focused on trying to champion smaller movies, which is awesome, but you don’t want to have that be the only thing they try to do.”
“Because then it just becomes an independent film festival, which we’re all in support of, but if you want to draw an audience, and you have to draw an audience for the Oscars to keep working, then at some point you’ve gotta listen to the audience,” adds Joe Russo. “We don’t make movies for awards. Yes, making this was exceedingly difficult. We made the two most expensive movies ever back-to-back. But I just want to stump for one thing, and that’s Robert Downey.”
One thing I can add to this is simply that Endgame was my favorite movie of the year, but then this is 100% in my wheelhouse when it comes to movie tastes. Also, for me at least, I haven’t seen a performance this year that has impressed me as much as Robert Downey Jr.’s final turn as Iron Man. For me, it is the best performance as Iron Man of the many he has played, and it was probably due to the character having so much emotionally resonating material to work with. I do find it hard to argue against a nomination at least, you only have to look at the scene in the Avengers compound when Tony stark is still recovering from his near-death experience, RDJ is mesmerizing in that scene.
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SOURCE: The Daily Beast