Let the voting games begin! 20th Century Fox has officially put their foot in the awards season door by being the first to send out screeners to Academy voters, and you may be surprised by their selection: the mutant blockbuster Logan.
Deadline reports that the Hugh Jackman-starrer is the first DVD that has been sent out to voters (which arrived today), which makes a bold statement indeed, considering the studio hasn’t previously presented any X-Men movies as Oscar bait. It also adds fuel to the debate over whether the Academy will finally allow a superhero movie into their Best Picture category.
Glowing reviews and hefty box-office receipts aside, the movie certainly contains two very award-worthy performances from Jackman and Patrick Stewart, though Jackman has another more Oscar-friendly performance coming out before the end of the year, The Greatest Showman, inspired by P.T. Barnum. While Logan director James Mangold has never been nominated for an Oscar, his previous films have, so he’s definitely got the credentials. His 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line received an impressive five noms (with Reese Witherspoon taking home gold for Best Actress), and Girl, Interrupted (2000) famously earned Angelina Jolie her Best Supporting Actress statue.
Is it just me, or is next year’s Oscars looking increasingly likely to welcome more genre fare? We’ve already heard rumblings of 20th Century Fox pushing for War for the Planet of the Apes to get some major recognition, as well as Warner Bros. doing the same for Wonder Woman. Now it seems that Wolverine wants a slice of the prize too. And while Logan is arguably not a patch on The Dark Knight (which got snubbed in 2009), it has absolutely been one of this year's cinematic highlights.
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