Logan made history as it became the very first comic book movie to receive an Oscar nomination for an adapted screenplay. Director James Mangold reveals why he believes that this film, a first Oscar nomination for him as well, was even considered to begin with.
Comic book movies are not often considered for the Academy Awards, save a couple of exceptions here and there. But Logan has really broken the mold by not only starting conversations about the quality of writing in a comic book film, but landing a seat at the table as well. So, what makes Logan stand out from the legions of comic book movies that came before it?
While speaking with the LA Times, Mangold said it was Logan's focus on character that helped it score its groundbreaking accolade:
"On this film, we really focused on doing something different: a dramatic and character-driven film rather than trying to compete in the arms race of comic-book films… 'I can spend more than you, I can blow up more than you.' We wanted to make a film that operated on the character engine and emotion."
By choosing to ignore what may very well seem like standards for making most blockbusters these days, Mangold and his team were able to tell a dynamic, interesting story that reached outside of the parameters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC's new films. Mangold told a personal story about an aging hero, one that deeply resonated with comic book fans all over, and the Academy took notice. With the help of Michael Green and Scott Frank, Mangold chose to tell a story that featured substance over style and it could have possibly changed the way comic book movies are made in the future. It's definitely changed how other people look at them, so why not how they're created as well?
Interestingly, genre movies fared rather well this year for Academy Award nominations. Not only did Logan stake its claim, but we also saw nominations for other genre pictures like Get Out and The Shape of Water, the latter of which lead the way with a whopping 13 nods. So all in all, we could be seeing a resurgence of the importance of the genre film, at least to those who don't already consider them as such. Mangold addressed this possibility as well, saying, "As a genre it takes a long time for people to accept where there can be real creativity and ambition. There was a time when the western was considered a low form or pulpy form, but people invested in it."
All in all, this nomination was well-deserved. Not only did the fans get an interesting portrayal of the character that we hadn't seen yet, but we also got an incredible film that may have changed the course of comic book movies for the foreseeable future. While executives usually have a propensity to pick up on the wrong indicators to what makes audiences want to see certain stories, let's hope that's not the case here.
Logan is now available on digital and Blu-ray.
Source: Los Angeles Times
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