At the 92nd Academy Awards, Joker will compete for the award of Best Picture. It is the second comic book film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar category after Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Joaquin Phoenix, who performed the role of troubled wannabe stand-up comic Arthur Fleck, has been named Best Actor at the Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globe Awards, also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar.
Following the infamous snub, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences later expanded its nominations from a max of five to a possible ten films. In 2019, Black Panther became the first superhero movie to score a nomination for Best Picture, ultimately collected by Green Book over A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Roma, and Vice.
Superman was the first DC Comics film to pack gold home in 1978. Richard Donner’s blockbuster was honored with a Special Achievement Award for its special effects. At the 1990 Academy Awards, Batman by Tim Burton was awarded the Best Art Direction-Set Direction, which gave DC it’s second Oscar. Following The Dark Knight
In 2017, Suicide Squad became the first entry in the DC Extended Universe to be awarded an Oscar when it won Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling. Joker is not connected to the DCEU and has no connections to other DC film universes. Still, should it be named Best Picture, it would be the first comic book film in any universe to win Hollywood’s most prestigious award.
Despite director Todd Phillips admitting Joker is “not a movie for everybody,” the Warner Bros film grossed $1.066 billion worldwide, making it the studio’s highest-grossing movie of 2019 and the third highest-grossing DC film behind only Aquaman ($1.148 billion) and The Dark Knight Rises ($1.084 billion).
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