Warner Bros. is Planning a Major Oscars Campaign for 'Wonder Woman'

Saturday, 29 July 2017 - 1:28PM
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Saturday, 29 July 2017 - 1:28PM
Warner Bros. is Planning a Major Oscars Campaign for 'Wonder Woman'
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Between the tons of money it made and the fantastic reviews it received (including our own review), Warner Bros. found a superhero success story in Wonder Woman.

But since Wonder Woman is a superhero movie, its chances of winning any big awards this year are slim - typically, even the most successful superhero movies are stuck with small nods (usually for visual effects awards) come Oscar season.

Not deterred by this, and because they have tons of money, Warner Bros. is planning a giant Oscars campaign for Wonder Woman regardless, according to Variety. By pouring money into advertising, special screenings and appearances, etc., the goal is reportedly a Best Picture and Best Director nomination for Wonder Woman and director Patty Jenkins, respectively.

If that all works out, several notable things could happen at the next Academy Awards. A Best Director nod for Jenkins would make her the first female director nominated since Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010, and she'd also be the first director of any superhero movie to be nominated. Not even Christopher Nolan has gotten a Best Picture nomination for anything, let alone directors of smaller films in the genre.

And obviously, this would be the first superhero flick to get a Best Picture nomination (no, Birdman doesn't count). No word on whether Warner Bros. thinks stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine could secure any Best Actor/Actress nominations, but the competition there might be too tough for the studio to risk money on ad campaigns.

As a whole, superhero movies have been steadily improving over the years, with Wonder Woman being just one of this year's great superhero films alongside Logan and Spider-Man: Homecoming. And this November, that list will likely expand to include Thor: Ragnarok (and maybe, possibly Justice League but probably not). Whether the Oscars will reflect any of that remains to be seen, because they tend to look down on the genre - the genre's biggest win was Heath Ledger's posthumous Oscar for playing the Joker in The Dark Knight, and even that film never came close to Best Picture or Best Director.

But other "popcorn flicks" like Mad Max: Fury Road have fared better in recent years, and Deadpool did surprisingly well at other award shows, so Oscar nominations for Wonder Woman may not be too much of a long shot. Right now, Warner Bros. biggest obstacle is their next DC movie, because if Justice League crashes and burns this fall, that's not going to make Wonder Woman look too good while nominations are being decided.

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