Amidst all the news and rumours of a possible Deadpool cameo in Logan [see here, here and here], Ryan Reynolds announced that he had seen some of the film and praised what he saw. “Logan looks like a movie that might break that [Oscars] glass ceiling,” he told Variety. “I know first-hand that it’s amazing. I’ve seen some of it. It’s mind-blowing. It relies a lot on character.” It’s an interesting comment as it raises the discussion as to whether a comic book movie or tentpole picture could worm its way into the ‘illustrious’ Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. Perhaps even a Best Actor nod for Hugh Jackman, who has dedicated the last seventeen years of his career to this one role that is very special to him.
But let’s be honest, Logan – or any other comic book movie for that matter – will never get an Oscar nomination.
Last year I wrote a very scathing piece on the Academy Awards noting they are a, “shameful circle jerk charade” that was quickly cementing itself as consistently out of touch with each passing year. It’s snubbing of Straight Outta Compton for being “too loud” and The LEGO Movie for being a simple cash-grab have been well documented, as has the open admittance of giving 12 Years a Slave the Best Picture award despite not watching the movie. The Academy is little more than a group of middle-aged white men giving pats on the backs of those who they think ‘deserve’ recognition regardless of whether what they produced that year was worth the hard drive space it took to film and edit.
Written for Flickering Myth. Read the full article here.