Are 'Wonder Woman' and 'Logan' Major Awards Contenders?

Are 'Wonder Woman' and 'Logan' Major Awards Contenders?

Jan 05, 2018

In the history of the Oscars, no superhero movie has ever been nominated for Best Picture. In a few weeks, that could change. When the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards are announced on January 23, Wonder Woman might be among the contenders in the top category. Perhaps Logan has a chance, as well.

Last year was a very good one for the genre, with many superhero movies earning Rotten Tomatoes scores in the 90s. In fact, four of this year's entries are among the top five best-reviewed of all timeWonder Woman and Logan come in first and second, respectively. But reviews aren't enough for real Oscar buzz. Fortunately, they're also racking up other major accolades.

Just this week, Wonder Woman received a nomination from the Producers Guild of America for their top award. The PGA Awards often line up with the Oscars for Best Picture on the majority of titles, but not all of them match. The Producers Guild likes genre franchises like James Bond and sci-fi efforts more than the Academy does. And in the past, superhero movies The Dark Knight and Deadpool received PGA Award nominations but no love for Best Picture at the Oscars. 

As for Logan, the X-Men spin-off earned a nomination this week from the Writers Guild of America, in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. That doesn't mean anything for its chances for Best Picture, however, or even for the Oscars' same award for scripts based on preexisting source material. No superhero comic book adaptation's screenplay has ever been nominated by the Academy. (The Incredibles is the only superhero movie with an Oscar nomination for its script, yet the Pixar feature was an original work.) But the WGA has recognized The Dark KnightDeadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy and way back in 1979, Superman. Both the WGA and the Academy have nominated non-superhero comic book adaptations, namely Ghost World and American Splendor

Wonder Woman and Logan each received a nomination from the Screen Actors Guild, as well. They're both up for the SAG Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble. That doesn't really translate with the Oscars. Neither were recognized by the Golden Globes, and neither is up for the top award at the Critics' Choice Awards. 

So, it would still be a surprise if Wonder Woman is named as a Best Picture nominee later this month. It would be an even bigger surprise if Logan has the honor. Not that they're not deserving. Their respecitive leads, Gal Gadot and Hugh Jackman, are also worthy of nods for their outstanding performances -- arguably the best for superhero portrayals ever. But this is probably yet another year when the genre is overlooked in the top category and the two lead acting categories. 

One 2017 superhero movie that could make a showing at the Oscars, though? The Lego Batman Movie, which is one of the top 10 best-reviewed entries of the genre, is also up for a PGA Award in the animated feature category. The Oscars snubbed The Lego Movie, but they have nominated four superhero movies, two features (The Incredibles and Big Hero 6) and two shorts (Sanjay's Super Team and 1941's Superman), in animation categories.

Below is the full list of movies nominated for PGA Awards followed by the full list of movies nominated for WGA Awards.

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Big Sick 
Call Me By Your Name
Get Out 
I, Tonya 
Lady Bird 
Molly's Game
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wonder Woman 

Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

The Boss Baby
Despicable Me 3
The Lego Batman Movie 

Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Chasing Coral
City of Ghosts
Cries from Syria
Earth: One Amazing Day
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee


Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name 
The Disaster Artist 
Molly's Game

Best Original Screenplay

The Big Sick 
Get Out
I, Tonya
Lady Bird
The Shape of Water 

Best Documentary Screenplay

Betting on Zero 
No Stone Unturned
Oklahoma City

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