Gal Gadot offers a characteristically classy and perfect response to Wonder Woman being snubbed by the Oscars. The Academy announced their 2018 nominations earlier this week, and while many superhero fans celebrated Logan breaking through in Best Adapted Screenplay, several were upset Wonder Woman was not recognized in any category (including the technical ones). Released to much acclaim last summer, the DCEU origin story was one of 2017's biggest box office hits and earned awards buzz from groups like the American Film Institute and Producers Guild of America.
Warner Bros. did their best putting together a campaign for Wonder Woman, but obviously came up well short in their goals. In the eyes of moviegoers, the film is the year's biggest Oscar snub, and though Gadot understands why fans are disappointed by the development, she's taken solace in the knowledge Wonder Woman's aspirations were not award-driven.
In an interview with E!, the actress commented on Wonder Woman's Oscar shut out, being sure to mention the outpouring of support the film received once the nominations came out:
“I was very moved and touched by the feedback of all the people that were disappointed that Wonder Woman wasn’t nominated. But we certainly never did the movie for that. I think that you can’t have it all. We’ve done this movie and it was received in such an amazing, wonderful way, and we want to stay humble and grateful, and we’re going to have another movie, so who knows? Maybe the next one!”
Indeed, Wonder Woman did not need any Oscar nominations as a form of validation. Its merits speak for itself. In the Golden Age of comic book movies, Patty Jenkins' blockbuster was the first female-led, female-directed superhero film and seized the zeitgeist last summer by inspiring audiences around the globe. Earning a staggering $821.8 million at the worldwide box office and a plethora of positive reviews (making it the best-received DCEU entry by a country mile), there's no denying Wonder Woman's place in pop culture. It is strange that it missed out on some below-the-line nods, like costume design and production design, but that doesn't take away any of the accomplishments Jenkins, Gadot, and the rest of the Wonder Woman team made. Any accolades have been icing on the cake.
It will be interesting to see if Wonder Woman 2, set for a November 2019 premiere, has more luck than its predecessor with the Academy. As illustrated by Logan's pleasantly surprising screenplay nod, The Shape of Water scoring the most nominations, and Get Out landing in key races, the Oscars' attitude towards genre fare may be changing as they add new, younger members. It feels like one day a comic book movie will be awarded a seat at the Best Picture table. The onus will fall on the filmmakers for crafting something worthy of such praise, but the Academy has showing a willingness to embrace superheroes.
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