Yesterday there were a number of high profile rebuffs at the Emmys, whether it was The Handmaid’s Tale which lost the most nominations of all time, or WandaVision which was left out, which Marvel fans don’t. weren’t thrilled, especially for Kathryn Hahn.
And yet I don’t think it’s a shock, both considering the competition and how the awards industry has treated Marvel blockbusters over the years, despite the critical praise, despite the box office success.
We’re entering a new era of the MCU, anchored in an ongoing series of Disney Plus shows to join blockbusters in theaters, although I don’t expect anything to change even though Marvel TV is meant to be ” prestige “in some respects, such as with the premium concept WandaVision.
You really just have to watch the Oscars ignoring pretty much the entire MCU for almost anything other than tech awards for its lifetime. Here are all of the Oscars the MCU has even been nominated for. He lost everything:
- Sound Editing – Iron Man, Black Panther
- Sound Mixing – Black Panther
- Visual Effects – Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Infinity War, Endgame
- Make-up and hairstyle – Guardians of the Galaxy
- Best Film – Black Panther
And here are all the Oscars an MCU movie has ever won:
- Best Costume Design – Black Panther
- Best Original Music – Black Panther
- Best Production Design – Black Panther
Thus, Black Panther won three Oscars, but none of the “major” awards. And in all the other movies a bunch of special effects losses and no other wins.
We rarely see high-profile sci-fi, superhero, or fantasy blockbusters spilling into mainstream audiences with awards. The early days of Game of Thrones wiped out a bunch of Emmys. The Return of the King won the award for best film. We all remember the posthumous victory of the Heath Ledger supporting actor for Dark Knight. But these occasions are generally rare. And the MCU in particular has long been viewed by the Hollywood elite as not being good enough to make the cut in favor of more traditional “award-worthy” productions. But of course, in many cases it almost seems criminal. RDJ never got a nomination for Tony Stark. Endgame doesn’t get a best picture chance, the list goes on.
The point is, don’t expect all of that to change now that Marvel is on TV in a big way. The Emmys are no less snobbish than the Oscars when it comes to this stuff, and you just won’t see these projects winning many awards, if any, even if they deserve it. In this case, I think WandaVision was against some soak competition where he was nominated, although for sure I would have loved to at least have seen Hahn win. But Hawkeye? Loki? She-Hulk? Ms. Marvel? Knight of the Moon? Keep your reward expectations under control.
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