‘Man of Steel’ Passed Over for Visual Effects Oscar Nod; Producer Talks DC Movies

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On a certain level, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer’s vision of a brooding and conflicted Superman for the 21st century was an undeniable success, with their superhero blockbuster Man of Steel having grossed $663 million worldwide and given rise to a developing sequel (tentatively known as Batman vs. Superman) that will blow the doors open wide on a larger DC Cinematic Universe by introducing both a different Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), as we learned earlier this week.

However, the fact of the matter remains: Man of Steel has also divided both professional critics and hardcore Superman fans, even more so than other recent superhero franchise reboots like The Amazing Spider-Man. That may change in the future, as a wave of DC movies come to shore over the forthcoming years; not to mention, as people revisit and (possibly) re-evaluate their initial thoughts on the subject.

Until then, Man of Steel remains a film that is far from universally acclaimed, so it doesn’t come as a huge shock to learn that it’s not on the Academy’s shortlist for a Best Visual Effects Oscar nod in 2014. The current lineup includes 10 contenders – Elysium, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Oblivion, Star Trek Into Darkness, Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim and World War Z – but the roster will eventually be whittled down to five (though, if we’re being honest, we all know that this category is Gravity‘s to lose).

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel Man of Steel Passed Over for Visual Effects Oscar Nod; Producer Talks DC Movies

Man of Steel producer Charles Roven was interviewed recently by Desde Hollywood (hat tip to CBM), when he talked about DC comic book adaptations like Christopher Nolan’s Batman/The Dark Knight trilogy and Snyder’s Superman reboot. He reiterated what a number of people have said before, with regard to how the DC superhero universe differs from Marvel.

Here is the exact quote from Roven:

“I can’t speak for the Marvel comics. I certainly believe that they have done a great job in being very successful in what they are doing so they should continue. One of the things that I like in terms of what they are doing vs. what we are doing is that the movies are different. When you see what Zack Snyder or Chris Nolan is making in this genre, one that I am producing with Emma Thomas or Deborah Snyder, we go for certain themes that are slightly more adult even though they are very universal.”

Like Roven said, Marvel and DC properties are different, not better or worse than one another. Snyder has called attention to those unique qualities of DC properties in the past, when he’s explained how characters like Superman, Wonder Woman and other members of the Justice League are mythological archetypes for the present-day; hence, the sheer amount of destruction and mayhem inflicted upon Metropolis in Man of Steel is an updated representation of the battles that are depicted in centuries-old myths about gods and demo-gods (with visuals befitting the post-9/11 era of storytelling).

Combine that with how films like The Dark Knight and Man of Steel treat their respective title characters – and the issues they face – very seriously, and it’s fair to say: those movies are, indeed, “more adult” than the light-weight and more campy, but fun Marvel Studios’ releases (that comes from someone who quite enjoyed Thor: The Dark World, no less).

Michael Shannon and Antje Traue in Man of Steel Man of Steel Passed Over for Visual Effects Oscar Nod; Producer Talks DC Movies

Personally, I was a fan of Man of Steel, especially when it came to how Snyder blended exhilarating action choreography with stunning imagery of a dying and war-torn Krypton landscape, among other effects-heavy sequences in the film. That the effects in a movie like World War Z made the initial cut over Man of Steel is kind of baffling, but as was indicated before, Snyder’s movie is splitting moviegoers too much to have actually secured an Oscar nod in a category like visual effects from the Academy (the same will likely prove true for The Lone Ranger).

That said, there’s a reasonable chance that Man of Steel will at least be nominated and/or recognized for a technical category that is considered less prestigious, like Best Sound Design (as well it should); assuming it doesn’t get completely shut-out, like what happened to The Dark Knight Rises.

Heck, even the Transformers movies get nominated for Academy Awards in the less buzzed-about technical fields…


Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2 opens in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Desde Hollywood [via CBM]

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  1. Good job Screenrant on your ability to continue to finding a new way to stir the pot on MOS once more. It’s irrelevant since nobody was going to beat Gravity. Gravity will have a very good night come The Oscars.

    • Comments like this are humorous.

  2. Just The Kryption scenes in the beginning of Man of Steel is way better than any of the other nominees. My mouth dropped open. I had not seen effects like that since Avatar.

  3. Man of Steel had the best cgi i’ve ever seen, it’s b******* if it’s not even nominated

  4. MOS is an EPIC comic adaptation of all time. It’s understandable that some hate it as they prefer Marvel’s Kool-Aid.

  5. “film that is far from universally acclaimed” Lone Ranger, Oblivion… It wasn’t nominated because the special effects weren’t done well.

  6. “Universally acclaimed” Lone Ranger, Oblivion… It wasn’t nominated because the special effects weren’t done well.

  7. That’s complete bull. Man of Steel had incredible visual effects, General Zod’s suit, Superman’s cape, almost half of the movie was complete CGI, and it all looked amazing.

  8. So Man Of Steel got passed up for a visual effects Oscar nod? Who really cares. This latest bastardization of Superman was only marginally better than Bryan Singer’s cinematic rape of the character. Why is it for all of these Directors nowadays who rattle on about ‘realism’ & striving to meet the ‘sophisticated expectations & tastes’ of modern viewers, those efforts generally tend to end in a high dollar crap fest. Think of all the money that goes into these things as glitter. Dump all the glitter on it you want. In the end, underneath it all, it’s still $hit.

  9. Good cgi is when you can’t tell it’s cgi. The mos team did a great job on the film.

  10. Oscar never meant quality. They always follow political correct rules. That said, some of the movies has laughable, plain fake ot too simple special effects:
    Elysium – too simple.
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – too fake, especially with elves(LotR trouble with animation went to Hobbit land).
    Iron Man 3 – laughable in most of the scenes, good in the others. IMO IM1 still has better visuals overall(except for the final battle). IM1 – you can feel the weight of the costume and better physics, IM3 is just plain bad at these things, animation quality went downhill(on the same level as IM2).
    The Lone Ranger – simple.
    Oblivion – simple and boring VFX.
    Star Trek Into Darkness – nothing really special, blasters blasters everywhere. Atleast ST1 had the planet colliding scene.
    Thor: The Dark World – physics goes on vacation.
    Pacific Rim – nothing special
    World War Z – THE worst special effects i’ve seen this year in AAA movie.
    Gravity – good but simple.

    Man of Steel – best soft bodies ever in the cinema till date(ASM 2 may change this), best looking environmental VFX(frankly it was on the whole other level), excellent colour correction, quality animation.

    I remember when everyone were cheering for the Avengers as the best visual effects even though it was inconsistent alot and was losing to ASM in both model/texture details and animation. People don’t vote for quality they vote for the movie they liked more and critics(especially Oscar ones) don’t have balls to make the right decision.

  11. I loved MOS. I was excited when it was announced that Snyder had been given the reins and he did not disappoint.

    And I very much appreciate the different tones of each universe.

    Saw Thor TDW 3 times.

  12. This is why I do not pay much attention to award shows. They are political nonsense.

  13. “Man of Steel remains a film that is far from universally acclaimed, so it doesn’t come as a huge shock to learn that it’s not on the Academy’s shortlist for a Best Visual Effects Oscar nod”

    Since when did a great story and universal acclaim have anything to do with the quality of visual effects. Writer is subtly trying to justify Man of Steel’s exclusion from the nominations. But the need to come out and defend the snub is in itself evidence that it was indeed a snub. It’s bewildering to imagine that MoS is not among the ten best visual effects movies this year. Absolutely insane.

    I remember early reviews using words and phrases like “groundbreaking” and ” never before seen” to describe the movie’s visual effects. Now even if these descriptions are exaggerated, they still clearly underline the great visual effects of MoS. I at first assumed it was bias against superhero films but Iron Man 3 and Thor are in there. So what is their problem?!

  14. I wouldn’t have championed the visual effects since I saw better in other movies this year but it reminds me of The Dark Knight failing to win the makeup award, which I felt was a complete travesty.

    Besides, I don’t take The Academy seriously anyway.

  15. Yeah… say what you will about MOS, but there’s no denying the visual effects were incredible. Supes’ cape alone is astounding: it was almost always CGi and it looked completely natural and real.

    Obviously Gravity is going to win, but the fact that The Lone Ranger and World War Z made the list, but not MOS is a disgrace IMO. Even Thor:TDW (which I really, really liked… like, REALLY ;)) had some iffy shots here and there, whereas with MOS’s visuals looked polished and almost universally flawless from start to finish.

    I can’t imagine this being anything other than Hollywood politics.

  16. Politics and more politics

  17. I don’t think it’s accurate to say that Man of Steel wasn’t on the nomination list because it divided critics. Lone Ranger is on the list and it was a critical, audience, and box office failure.

  18. ManOfSteel had some nice special effects & visuals but that’s all it had going for it.
    A lousy story, poorly written, a leading actor who’d be better suited as hercules in a hercules remake & not Superman. Even better as Bizzaro.
    A poor building of characters, as a reboot it depended heavily on previous Superman history to fill in it’s holes.
    The action was nothing but fanservice used to distract from the below average writing.
    If it wasn’t related to Superman at all as a movie it wasn’t great, just Meh.

  19. —-F/X and franchise slum ‘CALM—ICKS’? –in 2013?


  20. How did Man of Steel get passed up for musical score and action movie? Henry Cavill and Zach Snyder just revived a billion dollar sleeping giant.

    Since no MOS in the action category. I believe Star Trek:Into Darkness should get the nod.

    • It got nominated for the Teen’s Choice Awards. So the teens must have enjoyed it heaps.

  21. If Man of Steel couldn’t get nominated at the People’s Choice Awards then it already proves just how much acclaim it’s earned. It’s pointless to complain now, even in the special effects category.