Warner Bros. has officially begun their For Your Consideration Oscars campaign for Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot. The last installment in the studio's burgeoning DC cinematic universe (unofficially known as the DCEU) came on the heels of multiple divisive movies - namely Zack Snyder's Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - within the newly-formed shared universe and managed to surpass virtually every expectation.
Wonder Woman became the first DC Comics-related movie since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises to be "certified fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes, something that either of Snyder's movies nor David Ayer's Suicide Squad were able to secure. What's more, the film also became the highest-grossing DC Comics-related movie at the domestic box office since Nolan's final Batman chapter, thus surpassing every previous DCEU installment; not to mention the fact that's it's now the highest-grossing superhero origin story domestically (it's still a few hundred thousand dollars shy of Spider-Man's unadjusted worldwide gross). So, it's not surprising that the studio planned on giving the movie an Oscars push - and it seems like it has finally begun.
Warner Bros. has launched their For Your Consideration Oscars campaign page, which lists the movies - Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Wonder Woman - they plan on submitting for the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. The Oscars have 24 total categories, and the studio plans on submitting Wonder Woman for 15 of the film's 16 "eligible" categories, including Best Cinematography, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Picture. The only "eligible" category the movie isn't being submitted for is Best Actor, and that's because Wonder Woman doesn't have a lead actor; Chris Pine was a supporting actor.
There's no denying the impact Wonder Woman had not only on the filmmaking industry but on society in general. Before Jenkins and Warner Bros. told Diana Prince's story on the big screen, the DC Comics superhero was always a beacon of hope and strength for women around the world. After all, she was initially named a U.N. Honorary Ambassador of Gender Equality, before eventually being stripped of the title due to online backlash. While no one's refuting Wonder Woman's cultural impact, people may be curious as to the movie's actual chances at the Oscars next year.
Since the Oscar-bait season has only begun, it's impossible to tell what the movie's prospects really are, but the film certainly has a chance at snatching up awards in the technical categories, such as Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing, among others. What's more, considering the turmoil surrounding The Weinstein Company (a studio that usually sweeps at the Oscars), it's possible that Wonder Woman may stand a chance at competing in one of the coveted categories, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Source: Warner Bros.
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