It's generally accepted by moviegoers that superhero movies don't win Academy Awards, but could Logan be the exception? Some superhero films do win awards for sound editing, visual effects, and makeup, but not usually in key categories like Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture. 20th Century Fox is still fighting for Logan to be a candidate in the race, and the studio's CEO has offered a reason for why Logan should be in contention for a major award.
Released in February, Logan was the third solo outing for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, who has appeared in numerous X-Men movies since 2000. Logan took the character in a whole new direction by greatly limiting one of the character's greatest assets: his healing factor. Loosely based on the comic book series Old Man Logan, the movie showed fans a future where the X-Men are gone and Wolverine is old and considerably weaker than the mutant seen in previous films. Instead of saving the world, the movie puts Wolverine in a totally new situation by making him the caretaker of an elderly, grumpier version of Patrick Stewart's Professor Xavier and pairing him with an 11-year-old girl who needs his protection.
In an interview with Variety, 20th Century Fox CEO Stacy Snider addressed the possibility of rebooting the character with a younger actor while also speaking about the character's most recent film. Snider says that Logan should "absolutely" be considered for an Oscar.
"The way it combines classic storytelling with superhero lore is brilliant."
Snider's praise for the film and comments about its Oscar viability come just days after it was reported that Fox had sent DVD screeners of Logan to Academy voters before any other studio, and that Fox had never been so aggressive in sending screeners. With a worldwide box office gross of $616 million and a long list of glowing reviews, Logan has been deemed a critical and commercial success. The film has received an abundance of praise for being a deep, emotional film full of noteworthy performances that makes it so much more than just another comic book movie.
Logan may receive competition from another superhero movie, though, Wonder Woman, which is also expected to be submitted to Academy voters. Along with Logan, Fox is also pushing for War for the Planets of Apes to be considered for an Oscar.
The next Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 4, 2018.
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