When it was announced that director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, it marked the first time a superhero film received an Oscar nomination in that category
In a recent interview, Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins complimented the accomplishment in a recent interview and her hopes other superhero films in the successful but often award-less genre will get the recognition their cast and crew deserve.
“I never understood why any type of movie is more likely than another [to be nominated],” Jenkins told Yahoo Entertainment, while promoting her upcoming TNT series, I Am the Night. “This art form has so many people doing great work in all different genres. I think it’s great that a superhero film was finally nominated, and I’m particularly happy that it was Black Panther."
Jenkins, who finished filming her Wonder Woman sequel in December, said that she's doing her best to ignore any kind of awards chatter as she heads into the editing room.
However, she added that she believes that Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot and other actors who portray characters in superhero movies are often overlooked by awards committees.
“The emotional performances given by an actor in an action movie is something that I don’t think that people understand how incredible it is," Jenkins said. "Gal gave a tour-de-force performance, but she’s in a wire in front of a green screen, acting against no one! This is what actors have to be able to do in a movie like Wonder Woman or Black Panther, and it changes your understanding of what’s spectacular. Some of the best acting I’ve ever seen has actually happened in these kinds of movies.”
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal and Natasha Rothwell. The film opens on June 5, 2020.