Despite industry and critical acclaim, Wonder Woman was completely shut out of the 2018 Oscar nominations. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in her first solo outing as the Amazon warrior princess following the character's debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, Wonder Woman was a smash hit out of the gate in June, earning more than $100 million domestically and setting a record for Jenkins as the biggest opening ever for a female director.
Steamrolling its competition throughout the summer, not only did Wonder Woman end the summer as the No. 1 film of the season with $412.5 million at the domestic box office, it nearly doubled those ticket sales overseas to end with a stunning global gross of $821.8 million. Spurred by audiences' and critics' love for the film, Warner Bros. announced in July that it would be campaigning for Jenkins for a Best Director Oscar nomination in July, and in October launched the Wonder Woman Oscar campaign, including runs at Best Picture and Best Actress for Gadot.
Related: Full List of 2018 Oscar Nominations
Now, on the heels of Wonder Woman being snubbed by the Golden Globes, Wonder Woman is out of luck again after failing to nab a single nomination at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. The film, while not a major player during awards season, still attracted its fair share of attention, being named as one of the 10 best films of 2017 by the American Film Institute and receiving a Best Picture nomination from the Producers Guild of America.
Since the PGA consists of industry voters, Wonder Woman was pegged to be a serious contender for this year's Oscar nominations. Nonetheless, when the Motion Picture Academy announced its nine nominees for the Best Picture of 2017, Wonder Woman was not on the list. In addition, Jenkins was snubbed in the Best Director category and the film failed to yield any nominations in the technical categories (including, Best Visual Effects and Costume Design). The shutout in the technical categories is especially surprising, since sci-fi, fantasy and superhero films, while not usually nominees in the major categories, usually end up dominating the nods in the technical fields, especially VFX.
Don't be surprised if there's an outcry by fans and industry members to Wonder Woman's Oscar nomination shutout, particularly in the Best Picture category. Wonder Woman wasn't the only PGA nominee that didn't go on to receive a Best Picture nomination, as The Big Sick, Molly's Game and I, Tonya were also excluded. The Oscars voting body has the flexibility to nominate up to 10 films but, through its convoluted voting system, only went with nine this year.
Of course, no one will ever know if Wonder Woman would have been the 10th film nominated for a Best Picture if it would have passed the Motion Picture Academy's muster to be nominated, because the industry body doesn't release its vote totals, either for its nominations or winners. For all we know, Wonder Woman could have come up one vote short of getting a nomination for the top prize, or 1,000.
Wonder Woman wasn't the only superhero blockbuster to be shut out at this year's nominations. Thor: Ragnarok, praised for, among many other things, its spectacular visual effects and production design, also failed to yield any Oscar nominations. If there's any saving grace, Logan, earned a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, which is a major breakthrough for the superhero movie genre since the nod came in a major category.
The 90th Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, March 4.
Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
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