Winning an Oscar is considered one of the most respected and highest achievements one can receive in the film world. Every year, people gather around their screens to watch the annual awards ceremony and all its splendor and splendor to see which of their favorite actors, directors, editors and other industry talents take home the coveted golden statuettes. For those in the industry, the road to the Oscars is a legitimate campaign: from industry events and shows to hundreds of meetings and interviews, awards season is no joke.
What is ultimately interesting is to see which genre of films is nominated for the most coveted award of all each year: the Oscar for Best Picture. What exactly makes a film worthy of being nominated for Best Picture? On the one hand, Hollywood has come out for years with great feature films that feature the most successful actors in the business and collect millions at the box office. Despite commercial success, however, blockbusters do not always receive the same critical acclaim as, for example, dramas with smaller budgets. In fact, actors and producers have recently publicly commented on how superhero movies are rarely nominated for best picture due to a “genre bias”. While it’s easy to claim that blockbusters are not nominated for Oscars, this is not necessarily true. Here are five box office hits nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (and five that should have been).
Name: Jaws (1975)
Kake is considered the first summer hit ever and has influenced so much of today’s movie theater. This action / adventure film was directed by Steven Spielberg and has frightened audiences since its release in June 1975. Kake is iconic for countless reasons, from John Williams’ infamous score, to revolutionary camera work, and catchy rules, this movie has become a classic. With 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and the fact that the movie earned four hundred and seventy-two million dollars at the box office, Kake definitely deserved his best picture nomination.
The next box office hit to be nominated for Best Picture again comes from director Steven Spielberg. ET the Extraterrestrial was released in June 1982 and just like Kake stands the test of time, as the film still finds new audiences today with a younger generation. With a ninety-nine percent mark on Rotten Tomatoes, this beloved film follows a young boy Elliot (Henry Thomas) who becomes best friends with a kind-hearted alien abandoned on planet Earth.
Name: Avatar (2009)
Avatar is one of the most successful movies of all time and comes from the mind of Oscar-winning director James Cameron. The film’s success lies in the fact that it was able to achieve something that no other movie could achieve before, in terms of special effects and the use of technology. Avatar take editing and the use of digital effects to the next level in every capacity. The box office hit broke box office records as one of the highest grossing movies of all time and the fastest movie to earn one billion dollars. With a figure of almost three billion dollars, Avatar even beat James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic which until 2009 was considered the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Name: Black Panther (2018)
This movie is unique to the list as it is one of the only superhero movies ever nominated for best picture. Black Panther comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is the only MCU movie ever nominated in this category. Although it did not ultimately win the victory in this category, Black Panther did win Oscars for best original score, best production design and best costume design.
Start is a favorite fan of director Christopher Nolan who brought in eight hundred and thirty-six million dollars at the box office. The movie stars Leonardo Dicaprio with Elliot Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy. In addition to his nomination for best picture, Start was nominated for seven other Oscars and won four for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing. Although it did not receive a nomination for best director or best actor, the movie is still considered one of Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio’s best works.
Should Have Been Nominated: The Dark Knight (2008)
This Christopher Nolan movie is another example of superhero movies rejected by the Oscars. With a box office that earns more than one billion dollars and an incredibly talented cast The Dark Knight was still unable to win a nomination for best picture. The movie was generally very successful, but the most notable aspect of the movie is Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker. Fortunately, the actor was able to win his first Oscar award for this role in the category of Best Supporting Actor.
Should Have Been Nominated: Skyfall (2012)
Whether you know your film history or not, everyone has heard of James Bond. He is by far one of the most iconic and notable characters of all time, as well as one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Despite how well received and loved Lug val was, and despite the Sam Mendes’ memorable approach to the franchise (especially after Quantum of Solace‘s disappointing turn), the film did not receive a Best Picture nomination.
Must Have Been Nominated: Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens shook the world when it was released in 2015 and apparently all that anyone could talk about. The movie brought in two billion dollars and was the first of three Star Wars films to be released starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and Oscar Issac. Although there are only nine hugely successful Star Wars movies in total, Star Wars: A New Hope, was able to receive a Best Picture nomination.
Should Have Been Nominated: Knives Out (2019)
While Knives out had an extremely talented cast, is the real reason why this box office hit had to be nominated for best picture because of his screenplay. The story Knives out telling is so original and engaging, it includes the audience as soon as the movie starts playing. The budget for the film was forty million dollars and was ultimately not nominated for any Oscars. Fortunately, the sequel Knives from 2 will be released in the coming months of 2022.
Must Have Been Nominated: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Twenty years ago, the first film in the Harry Potter franchise was released. These movies are adapted from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels and are some of the most watched movies of all time. Now having a Harry Potter world at Universal Studios, flagship stores around the world, and Harry Potter restaurants, to say that this franchise is a success is an understatement. In total, the movies have earned more than seventy billion dollars worldwide. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was nominated for three Oscars, but not best picture.
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